Ne­go­ti­a­tions on for­eign maids’ wages may be held in late Aug.

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Dis­cus­sions on rais­ing the pay of for­eign do­mes­tic maids could be held be­tween Tai­wan and its main sup­plier coun­tries by the end of the month, the Min­istry of La­bor Af­fairs said on Sun­day.

Af­ter a wage freeze that has lasted 18 years, talks are slated to be­gin with In­done­sia, the Philip­pines, Thai­land and Viet­nam later this month through for­mal bi­lat­eral chan­nels es­tab­lished with each coun­try, the min­istry said.

The monthly wage of for­eign do­mes­tic helpers could be raised to be­tween NT$ 16,840 and NT$17,500 (US$545) from the cur­rent level of NT$15,840, the min­istry es­ti­mated.

Deputy Min­is­ter for La­bor Af­fairs Hao Feng-ming ( ) said on Satur­day that if a hike is in­tro­duced, the new monthly wage will ap­ply to newly ar­riv­ing for­eign work­ers this year, while wages for those al­ready in Tai­wan will be co­or­di­nated with em­ploy­ers.

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