Min­istry of La­bor to ex­am­ine for­eign nurs­ing worker wages

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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