Labor group wants government to address improper rotational shifts
More than 70 percent of respondents to a recent poll said that rotating-shift jobs have had an impact on their physical and mental health, a labor group said Monday.
The Taiwan Labour Front said the poll was conducted between May 25 and June 12, collecting 215 effective samples, with 60 percent of those polled in the medical care sector, 13 percent in the manufacturing sector, 9 percent in the semiconductor and electronics sector and the remaining 18 percent in various other sectors.
Sixty-one percent of the respondents said they work between eight and 12 hours per day, and 5 percent said they work for more than 12 hours.
Only 34 percent said they work eight hours a day, while 67 percent said they do shift work.
Asked about the impact on family and social life of rotating shift working, 33 percent said it has a serious impact, compared with 40 percent who said the problem is very serious and 14 percent who said the impact is average.
The labor group pointed out that overall, the ratio of work other than average daytime work, such as rotating shift work, no fixed hour work, night shifts or graveyard shifts have risen gradually.
“Abnormal rotation work especially poses and enormous threat to women’s health,” said Cheng Ya-wen, head of the Taiwan Occupational Safety and Health Link.