Customers blame new work rules for drop in Taiwan Railway Mealboxes

People complain that it is harder for them to get the famous TRA No.1 boxed lunches after new work rules kicked in

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Customers have complained that the TRA No.1 boxed lunch store now serves significantly fewer lunchboxes as a result of the government's new work rules.

Recently, more people of begun to complain that it is now more difficult for them to purchase Taiwan Railway Bento box meals after the controversial "one fixed day off, one flexible day off" (一例一休) system went into effect.

Replying to the complaints, the TRA No.1 boxed lunch store manager said that the "one fixed day off, one flexible day off" policy affects their operation and workers' schedules, but the and price and quality of the lunch boxes still maintain the same.

According to the survey, compared with the same period last year, the number of TRA boxed lunches from May to July, had decreased by more than 2%, equivalent to a daily reduction of 500 meals.

Last year, the government made an amendment to the Labor Standards Act, known as "one fixed day off, one flexible day off" (一例一休) to impose mandatory two-day weekends for labors in the country, which led to much criticism from local businesses.

For many Taiwanese citizens, Taiwan Railway Bento is the most popular lunchbox in Taiwan, with a long line snaking its way from the shop on B1 of the Taipei Main Station