Ban on Viet­namese work­ers will be lifted on July 1: la­bor min­is­ter

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

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.

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