La­bor group wants gov­ern­ment to ad­dress im­proper ro­ta­tional shifts

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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