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Migrant workers rally for equal rights

Migrant workers rally for equal rights

Migrant workers took to the streets of Taipei on Sunday, calling for equal treatment of long-term caregivers in Taiwan and marching to the campaign headquarters of Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen to hand her a petition.

The protesters are calling for the scrapping of the current private brokerage system in favor of a direct nation-to-nation hiring system to allow migrant workers to change employers freely, the organizers said.

The migrant workers also want to see the end of a rule that requires them to leave Taiwan for at least one day after the expiration of their standard three-year work contract, according to Chuang Hui-ling, a migrant worker representative and head of Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN-Taiwan).

The march started at Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office and proceeded to Taipei Railway Station and then to the campaign headquarters of Tsai, who is favored to win the Jan. 16, 2016 presidential election. (By Chang Ming-hsuan and Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-09-22 04:40 GMT+08:00