Taipei, March 11 (CNA) More than 20 former employees of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) who recently lost their jobs complained to the Hsinchu Science Park Administration Wednesday that they had been unfairly treated by the company.
The workers applied to the park administration to mediate their dispute with the company after accusing TSMC at an earlier protest rally of firing them but forcing them to sign a document certifying that they left TSMC, the world's largest contract chip manufacturer, voluntarily.
Some 50 policemen were called in to maintain order.
The workers made a number of demands, including that TSMC issue them a certificate saying they did not resign voluntarily and that they be compensated based on retirement or preferential severance terms.
They also insisted that TSMC apologize for describing their redundancies as a company policy to "eliminate the less competent and retain able employees" and demanded that they be given preference if TSMC increases its work force in the future.
Responding to the former employees' claims, a member of TSMC management said the former TSMC employees could contact the company directly if they had any requests.
"The company will demonstrate the greatest sincerity in helping solve their problems," the TSMC official said.
Kao Shih-nan, secretary-general of the Hsinchu Science Park Administration, said his office accepted the former workers' applications and will help arbitrate the dispute between the two sides.
(By Deborah Kuo)