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Cabinet still formulating details of wage increase

Cabinet still formulating details of wage increase

The Executive Yuan will announce its decision on the new rate for the basic wage and complementary measures designed to ease the impact of the first hike in the minimum wage in nearly a decade in the near future, according to a Cabinet spokesperson.
Executive Yuan Deputy Secretary-General Chen Mei-ling told reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting that Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) had instructed that "we should formulate a good set of complementary measures and announce them together with the increase in the basic wage."
The Cabinet spokeswoman confirmed media reports that the Council for Labor Affairs had proposed a 9.1 percent hike in the basic wage, which has been frozen at NT$15,840 a month or NT$66 a day since October 1997 after a commission recommended a range of 7.5 percent to 9.5 percent for the boost.
However, Chen related that the CLA had submitted the recommendation only on Monday and that the Council for Economic Planning and Ministry of Economic Affairs had yet to submit their proposals for complementary measures.
"The Executive Yuan has therefore not yet approved the increase, but our goal remains to implement an increase in the basic wage and complementary measures on July 1," the Cabinet deputy secretary-general added.
The premier said that the DPP government aimed to "build a human rights state" and should humbly accept criticism of treatment of foreign migrant labor by overseas and domestic human rights organizations and instructed Minister without Portfolio Lee Wan-yi to draft programs for improvement together with other official agencies in line with the government's policies on human rights, foreign labor and immigration issues.
According to the CLA, the government has secured the passage of eight major pieces of labor reform legislation since May 2000, compared to three labor bills approved during the nearly 55 years of KMT rule over Taiwan.
In addition, the CLA said the Cabinet was pressing for revisions to bolster the gender equality law, secure long-delayed revisions to the "three major labor laws" of the trade union law, the collective bargaining law and the statute for the handling of labor-management disputes, and major reforms of the labor insurance system.


Updated : 2021-07-30 07:08 GMT+08:00