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Poll says over 70% of laborers worry about overworking

Poll says over 70% of laborers worry about overworking

Nearly 74 percent of Taiwan workers worry that they might become victims of karoshi - a Japanese term for death from overwork and stress and fatigue from long working hours - according to the results of a public opinion poll released yesterday.
The poll, conducted by 1111 Job Bank April 13-27 to mark May 1 Labor Day, found that 90 percent of the respondents have worked overtime, with overtime hours averaging 8.2 hours per week or 1.64 hours per work day.
Of this group, nearly 50 percent were not paid for their overtime, the poll found.
Wu Jui-ying (吳睿穎), a 1111 vice president, quoted a 2003 report compiled by the Lausanne, Switzerland-based International Institute of Management Development as indicating that the Taiwanese worked an average of 2,282 hours a year in 2002, more than anyone else in the world.
Wu said that according to similar tallies compiled by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Taiwan workers worked an average of 2,170 hours a year in 2006, or 180.8 hours per month.
The 1111 poll found that Taiwan's salaried men and women worked 8.18 more hours per week than the normal weekly work hours so far this year, marking an increase of 1.52 hours over the average of 6.66 hours recorded in 2004 in terms of weekly overtime hours.
In terms of overtime hours, the poll found that 71.7 percent of the responding office workers work overtime in the evening after their normal work, 19.38 percent work overtime when the need arises and 17.6 percent work at the weekend.


Updated : 2020-12-04 23:20 GMT+08:00