More back typhoon hol­i­days for depart­ment stores

The China Post - - LOCAL -

An online call for depart­ment stores to stay closed on typhoon hol­i­days for safety pur­poses has drawn sup­port af­ter depart­ment store em­ploy­ees were ex­posed to risks when they went to workon Aug. 8 as Typhoon Soude­lor was pound­ing Tai­wan.

The Face­book page, ti­tled “Orally Sup­port­ing Work­ers at Depart­ment Stores, Please Stop Open­ing for Busi­ness Given Dan­ger­ous Typhoon” in Chi­nese, has re­ceived 210,000 en­dorse­ments since it was set up Aug. 8,the day on which Tai­wan cel­e­brates Fa­ther’s Day.

One of the page’s cre­ators, who iden­ti­fied him­self as Chin Han, wrote that depart­ment stores cause safety and traf­fic prob­lems by open­ing for busi­ness on a typhoon hol­i­day, and they are re­quired to pay com­pen­sa­tion if their em­ploy­ees get in­jured on the way to work.

Chin urged depart­ment store work­ers, their friends and rel­a­tives,and shop­pers to show con­cern for the safety of depart­ment store em­ploy­ees, and he posted the call on the Face­book web­sites of heads oflo­cal gov­ern­ments to raise so­ci­ety’s aware­ness of the is­sue.

Sev­eral ma­jor depart­ment stores, in­clud­ing Sogo and Shin Kong Mit­sukoshi, were open in most cities around Tai­wan on Satur­day af­ter­noon, af­ter the eye of the storm had moved out to sea.

Busi­nesses in the ser­vice sec­tor, such as op­er­a­tors of depart­ment stores, movie the­aters and food de­liv­ery ser­vices, are nor­mally open dur­ing hol­i­days in Tai­wan, ex­pect­ing more cus­tomers than on work­ing days.

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