Ministry of Labor to examine foreign nursing worker wages
Minister of Labor Chen Hsiung-wen said Wednesday that he is aware of the expectations of contract nursing workers from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines that their monthly wages should be raised from the current NT$15,840 to NT$17,500, and said the ministry will study the possibility and give a concrete response at the end of this year.
Referring to information that the authorities in charge of the placement of migrant workers from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines have recently discussed jointly presenting the wage-increase issue to the Ministry of Labor, Chen said that all three countries have separately expressed similar expectations during meetings in the past.
He said the Labor Ministry will negotiate with them, implying that it is not possible to meet the expectations immediately.
The Indonesian authorities have claimed many times that migrant nursing workers in Taiwan are entitled to a wage raise, since the minimum monthly wage in Taiwan has been raised from NT$19,273 to NT$20,008 since July 1, 2015.
The three countries plan to jointly propose a wage increase through a revision of migrant worker contracts with Taiwan. The proposed monthly wage raise from NT$15,840 to NT$ 17,500 starting July 1 is based on a rough calculation of Taiwanese laborers’ minimum monthly wage of NT$ 20,008, deducting NT$2,500 for accommodation costs.
Currently there are some 220,000 migrant nursing workers in Taiwan. Since foreign nursing workers are not protected under Taiwan’s Labor Standards Act, they are not entitled to the minimum wage introduced by the Ministry of Labor, and their monthly wage of NT$15,840 has not been adjusted for nearly 10 years.
While promising to study the possibility of a wage raise for migrant nursing workers, Chen said, however, that many social aspects should be taken into consideration because such a raise will inevitably have an impact on many families that themselves are not affluent.