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