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Council of Labor Affairs to convene wage adjustment meeting

Council of Labor Affairs to convene wage adjustment meeting

The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) will convene a meeting on minimum wage adjustment Aug. 26 to allow representatives of both employers and employees to exchange views on the possibility of a further wage hike, a council official said Friday.
According to CLA Deputy Minister Pan Shih-wei, the meeting is to fulfill a promise made last year by the previous administration to review the minimum wage again.
The meeting will be attended by 22 wage reviewing committee members, including four representatives of the employers, four of the employees, and 14 government officials, including CLA Minister Wang Ju-hsuan, Pan said.
The minimum wage was increased last July by 9.09 percent. Currently, the minimum monthly wage is NT$17,280 (US$551) and the mimimum hourly wage is NT$95.
About 1.41 million people in the country's workforce -- including foreign laborers, part-time workers, senior citizens who have returned to the employment market after retirement and female workers -- have benefited from last year's wage hike.
At a meeting Friday, in preparation for the formal meeting next week, representatives of both the employers and employees ended up in discord on the issue.
Jen Mu-shan, president of National Trade Union Confederation and a representative of the employees, said minimum wage had not been adjusted for a decade before last year, but even that adjustment did not include a reasonable increase.
Huang Cheng-yu, a member of the Manufactures' United General Association of Industrial Parks of the R.O.C. and a representative of the employers, said another wage hike would create a heavier burden for employers, especially when the country's economic development is not performing well.
Because of the opposing viewpoints, the meeting between the two sides failed to reach a consensus, and the discussion will continue next week.
Vice Chairman Pan added that the CLA will respect any conclusions made by the committee.


Updated : 2021-05-12 11:25 GMT+08:00