Foreign workers plan May Day march for Sunday, labor union for Monday

April 30 march starts at Ministry of Labor

Foreign workers plan May Day march.

Foreign workers plan May Day march. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The May 1 Labor Day will be marked in Taipei by a march by foreign workers on Sunday and by a Taiwanese labor organization on Monday.

The authorities said traffic restrictions will be in force for both events, so motorists and other road uses should be prepared for eventual difficulties.

The Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA) plans to begin its march in front of the Ministry of Labor at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the participants walking all the way to the Taipei 228 Memorial Park close to Ketagalan Boulevard, the wide road leading to the Presidential Office Building.

The group should arrive at its destination around 3:30 p.m and disband the event one hour later, reports said.

Marchers will only occupy a part of the major roads they intend to use, including Yenping North Road, where the ministry is situated, Nanjing West Road, Chongqing North Road, Zhongxiao West Road opposite Taipei Main Station, and Gongyuan Road past the intersection with Changde Street.

TIWA has been active welcoming government plans to expand long-term care for the elderly, but has warned against allowing the practice to turn into sweatshop practices.

On Monday May 1, which will be a day off for many if not for schools, a Taoyuan labor union federation has booked Ketagalan Boulevard for an event. The location will be the starting point for a march at 1 p.m. which will take activists all the way along Xinyi Road past the Daan Forest Park to the intersection with Fuxing South Road to stop at around 4:30 p.m. outside the headquarters of the General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China, one of Taiwan’s main business organizations.

Police said they would remove illegally parked vehicles from the march routes in order to protect the safety of protesters and passersby.