Human rights report reveals Taiwan’s twisted overtime work

The United States Department of State announced the yearly report on global human rights Thursday which revealed that Taiwanese employers usually assign jobs after working hours by using smartphone communicating apps like Line and What’s app.

Principal human rights problems reported during the year were labor exploitation of migrant workers by fishing companies, exploitation of domestic workers by brokerage agencies, and official corruption.

The report mentioned the working conditions and environment of Taiwanese labor, and specifically pointed out that employers demand their employees work overtime by sending messages about office work by using communication apps on smart phones.

As for freedom of speech and press, the report indicated that the Taiwanese Constitution provides for freedom of speech and press, and the independent media were active and expressed a wide variety of views without restriction. There was, however, concern about the impact of the increasing concentration of media ownership on freedom of the press.

A case in which Indonesian fisheries workers died or went missing was also mentioned in the report, indicating that policies on migrant workers in Taiwan exploited foreign blue-collar laborers.