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Taiwan decides to restrict use of foreign workers: Taiwanese newspaper

Taiwan decides to restrict use of foreign workers: Taiwanese newspaper

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Council of Labor Affairs decided Tuesday to restrict the employment of foreign labor by Taiwanese firms amid growing unemployment, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported.
The reported changes come the day after the government announced the number of unemployed had crossed the 500,000 mark. The official jobless rate stood at 4.64 percent for November, the government said.
The CLA has decided to stop a move allowing the expansion of foreign labor in jobs considered high risk, highly polluting, and in sectors seen as wasting a lot of energy, the newspaper said. Responding to demands from business, the government had also planned to allow foreign workers in those industries to work all three shifts before the end of the year, but that project was now on hold, the paper quoted the CLA as saying.
The cabinet-level body was also considering to reduce the maximum percentage of foreigners allowed to work per company and the number of industrial sectors they were allowed to work in, the United Evening News wrote.
Local employment service centers should be more active in proposing local candidates for job openings, while companies would be refused foreign labor quota if they rejected local job candidates without valid reason.
Companies found illegally exceeding their quota, will immediately lose the right to employ overseas workers altogether, the paper said.
Under the current Employment Services Act, employers should first lay off foreign employees before they dismiss Taiwanese workers. A recent program encourages the employment of Taiwanese citizens by giving NT$10,000 per month for each Taiwanese worker replacing a foreign employee.
The reports about cutbacks in the use of foreign labor followed protests by labor groups outside the CLA offices in Taipei Tuesday morning. Both the labor activists and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party have been demanding the cutbacks.


Updated : 2022-05-29 01:15 GMT+08:00