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Labor minister denies July wage hike

Labor minister denies July wage hike

Labor minister denies July wage hike

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Labor Minister Kuo Fong-yu on Wednesday denied reports that he would raise the basic hourly wage in July.
At present, the official basic minimum wage stands at NT$20,008 (US$613.5) per month and the hourly wage at NT$120 (US$3.67). However, since the official working time has been cut from 84 hours per fortnight to 40 hours per week, the hourly wage would be expected to rise to NT$126 (US$3.86).
The issue of minimum wage hikes would be discussed by the relevant committee beginning June 6, and if representatives of labor, employers, the government and academics reached a consensus, their decision would be handed over to the Cabinet, Kuo said.
If the recommendation was for a rise of the minimum wages, this would be handled by a review committee meeting during the third quarter of the year, the minister said, making a July hike unrealistic.
Opposition Kuomintang lawmakers accused Kuo of wanting to push through his own opinions without respecting proper procedures, but the minister denied such intentions. He emphasized that he would follow all the laws, and that any reports that a wage hike was coming in July were false.