Labor chief offers to quit

Council of Labor Affairs Chairman Lee Ying-yuan offered to resign Tuesday, calling the government's decision to halt raising the minimum wage regretful.
Premier Su Tseng-chang responded by saying he would seek to retain Lee and suggested Lee take leave of absence instead if he has to help former premier Frank Hsieh boost his presidential campaign.
Lee, however, did not say exactly what prompted him to quit except to say he regretted he could not make good on the pledge to raise the minimum wage. The labor council had pushed for a hike of at least 7.5 percent.
Also, Lee said he felt uneasy that Su recently criticized Hsieh for being slippery in dealing with cross-strait issues.
Su and Hsieh are running neck and neck in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's presidential primary.

Updated : 2021-02-27 03:42 GMT+08:00