Ban on Vietnamese workers will be lifted on July 1: labor minister
A decade-old ban on Vietnamese fishing workers and care givers is set to be lifted on July 1 in an effort to deal with Taiwan’s labor shortage, Taiwan’s Labor Minister Chen Hsiung-wen ( ) said here Wednesday.
Chen, who was in Hanoi to attend the April 26-27 bilateral ministerial meeting over labor issues, said that both sides were satisfied with the negotiations, adding that a trial will take effect after the Executive Yuan’s final approval.
During the trial period, both sides will discuss further details about providing skill training programs to Vietnamese workers through the establishment of several training centers in Vietnam, Chen said.
In addition, the two countries will discuss labor exploitation issues, including overcharges on commission fees, he said, adding that the project will be reviewed one year later.
Due to the serious problem of absconding workers, Taiwan imposed a ban on Vietnamese fishermen in May 2004 and froze imports of Vietnamese caregivers and domestic maids in January 2005.
But following Indonesia’s move towards freezing unskilled labor exports, Taiwan has been struggling to source labor.
According to Ministry of Labor statistics, Indonesia had the biggest contingent of foreign nationals working in Taiwan — accounting for 41.6 percent, or 231,489, of the 556,412 foreign workers in the country as of the end of January 2015.