Labor pension now exempt from lien under amendment
An amendment to the Labor Pension Act passed third reading in the Legislature yesterday, which guarantees that monthly pension installments cannot be collateralized, garnished to pay off debts or seized to enforce repayments.
Chiang Huei-chen’s ( ), the Kuomintang ( KMT) lawmaker who tendered the proposal, said “We see to it that their (laborers’) lifeline money is not undermined by an outside force, so that they may maintain a basic livelihood, and will not need to rely on the government or other social welfare programs for assistance.”
According to the revised regulations, pension receivers must bring the Bureau of Labor Insurance’s documents to apply for a special account at a financial institution for monthly pension deposits.
Chiang pointed out that recipients of other government aid — such as labor insurance, national pension, farmer allowance, disability and lowincome subsidies — all have designated accounts for saving protections, and therefore, the measure should be applicable to labor pensions as well.
In an attempt to build consistency in labor laws and to safeguard laborers’ rights in their old age, the Legislature passed an amendment to the Labor Standards Act yesterday, so that retirees regulated by the Act will be granted with the same protection as stipulated in the Labor Pension Act.
A revision to the Labor Insurance Act also cleared the Legislature to ensure that insurance payments will not be channeled to creditors.
Laborer Shift Hours Take a Toll
Up to 73 percent of laborers said their shift hours have a serious impact on their family and social life, according to a survey conducted by non-government organization Taiwan Labor Front.
The survey found 61 percent of shift workers labor 8-12 hours per day, while 5 percent toil over 12 hours. Only 34 percent claim to work eight hours on a daily basis.
72 percent of the workforce said they are on a three-shift schedule, while 28 percent said they are on the two-shift schedule.
Sun Yu-Lien ( ), general secretary of the Taiwan Labor Front, said that while the Legislative Yuan has signed the 40 work hour cap per week into the law, many people still work above the limit.
Sun called on lawmakers to make further regulation adjustments to ensure work hours are shortened and to curb the practice of working overtime.
Chang Feng-yi ( ) CEO of the Taiwan Labor and Social Policy Research Association, said that many in the service industry have to take shift hours to cope with swarms of visitors on holidays. Those in the semiconductor and electronics industry, where operations tend to run 24 hours, also need to work shift hours.
The survey sample consists of 61 percent females and 39 percent males. Workers aged 30 to 39 account for 47 percent of those surveyed, followed by those aged 20 to 29, who make up another 37 percent.
Laborers who have five years of work experience or fewer make up 44 percent of the sample, while those with six to 10 years of experience make up another 24 percent.