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CLA chairman resigns over minium wage issue

CLA chairman resigns over minium wage issue

Council of Labor Affairs Chairman Lee Ying-yuan resigned Tuesday, Labor Day, in a show of dissatisfaction over the Cabinet's failure to implement a minimum wage hike by the May 1 deadline it had set for itself.
Lee also cited disappointment over a recent remark by Premier Su Tseng-chang who implied that former premier and Democratic Progressive Party presidential hopeful Frank Hsieh was treacherous.
In response, Su said that he has urged Lee not to quit as CLA chairman, adding that Lee could request leave to join the campaign of any DPP presidential candidate, if he so wishes.
The Cabinet today did not make the expected announcement regarding the percentage by which the minimum wage will be increase, stating instead that any such announcement at this time would be linked to the DPP ongoing presidential primary and might be regarded as a ploy by the premier to win the ruling party's nomination.
But Lee said that the Cabinet's position on the matter left him carrying the bag.
"The Cabinet's decision not to implement the minimum wage increase policy thwarts the expectations of workers, and I have to take political responsibility,¡¨ " Lee said at a press conference.
In addition, Lee cited recent a remark in the Legislature by Su implying that Hsieh was treacherous as of the reasons why he wished to quit his CLA post to become a social activist again.
However, Lee, who worked as director of Hsieh's campaign headquarters in last year's Taipei mayoral election, denied that he has resigned in order to cut his links with Su and to throw his support behind Hsieh in the DPP's primary for next year's presidential election.
Su and Hsieh are two of the four candidates vying for the DDP presidential nomination. The other two are Vice President Annette Lu and DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun.


Updated : 2021-04-20 20:31 GMT+08:00