MOL asked to re­strict for­eign do­mes­tic work­ers

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Law­mak­ers yes­ter­day passed a res­o­lu­tion to ask the gov­ern­ment to set up a “wealth ex­clu­sion clause” on hir­ing for­eign na­tion­als as do­mes­tic helpers.

The Leg­is­la­ture’s So­cial Wel­fare, Health and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day passed the non-bind­ing res­o­lu­tion pro­posed by op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) law­maker Chen Chiech-ju ( ).

The res­o­lu­tion calls on the Min­istry of La­bor (MOL) to con­sider set­ting up a stan­dard so that those fam­i­lies with above av­er­age house­hold in­comes will be re­quired to hire R.O.C. na­tion­als as do­mes­tic helpers in­stead of for­eign na­tion­als.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, the cur­rent laws stip­u­late that a house­hold can hire for­eign do­mes­tic helpers if it can ob­tain a cer­tifi­cate is­sued by a hos­pi­tal to prove it needs to do so to take care of a men­tally or phys­i­cally chal­lenged fam­ily mem­ber.

How­ever, Chen said the laws are too loosely reg­u­lated and many have mis­used the clause to hire for­eign do­mes­tic helpers to do work other than help­ing phys­i­cally or men­tally chal­lenged fam­ily mem­bers.

The DPP law­maker, there­fore, calls on the MOL to set up a wealth ex­clu­sion clause so that house­holds with above av­er­age in­comes will need to hire Tai­wanese work­ers in­stead of for­eign na­tion­als to serve as do­mes­tic helpers.

The res­o­lu­tion asks for the MOL to come up with a plan within one month.

The salary for R.O.C. do­mes­tic helpers is much higher than for their for­eign coun­ter­parts.

The res­o­lu­tion has been passed as part of on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into an Apache scan­dal in Tai­wan’s mil­i­tary.

It was dis­cov­ered that Apache he­li­copter pi­lot Lt. Col. Lao Naicheng ( ) had taken a group of 26 rel­a­tives and friends, in­clud­ing lo­cal TV per­son­al­ity Janet Lee ( ), a Ja­panese man and five for­eign do­mes­tic helpers, on a tour of his base in Long­tan Dis­trict in Taoyuan on March 29.

With­out his su­pe­ri­ors’ ap­proval, Lao al­legedly gave his vis­i­tors ac­cess to a han­gar on the base that houses AH-64E Apaches, the Army’s most ad­vanced attack he­li­copters, and even al­lowed them to board one of the chop­pers and take pho­tos.

Mil­i­tary of­fi­cials and pros­e­cu­tors are now prob­ing Lao’s al­leged role in the case.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are also prob­ing whether Lee and her friends vi­o­lated any rules in hir­ing for­eign do­mes­tic helpers.

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