Migrant workers to march Sunday for direct hiring system

Migrant workers will take to the streets on Sunday to press their demand for abolition of the private employment brokerage system among other issues.. (By Central News Agency)

Migrant workers will take to the streets on Sunday to press their demand for abolition of the private employment brokerage system among other issues, according to the organizers.

The protesters will gather in front of the Ministry of Labor on Yanping North Road in Taipei in the afternoon and begin marching at 1 p.m. toward the Presidential Office, said the Taiwan International Workers' Association.

The workers will call for the current private employment brokerage system to be replaced by a direct country-to-country hiring system, the association said.

It urged the Taiwan government to take up the role of a moderator between migrant workers and employers.

The protesters will also call for Article 53 of the Employment Service Act to be scrapped to allow foreign workers to freely transfer between employers, the association said.

It said the current law forces workers to accept mistreatment until their contracts expire, which is tantamount to removing labor protection.

Such regulations embolden employers and allow exploitation of workers, the association said.

Another issue is the government's proposed market-driven long term care system, which would result in lower labor costs, although it would encourage a wider range of care services, the association said.

It also raised the issue of foreign caregivers' continued exclusion from Taiwan's Labor Standards Act, saying that they work all year round without the basic right to leave.