MOL asked to restrict foreign domestic workers
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.