Mi­grant helpers’ pay said to rise to NT$17,000

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan will raise monthly wage for the 220,000 mi­grant do­mes­tic helpers to NT$17,000 (US$520) from Sept. 1, an In­done­sian la­bor of­fi­cial said Thurs­day.

The amount will be an in­crease of NT$1,160, or 7 per­cent from the cur­rent NT$15,840, Agus­din Su­biantoro, chief the Na­tional Board for Place­ment and Pro­tec- tion of In­done­sian Over­seas Work­ers, told CNA.

Tai­wan has frozen the pay for mi­grant do­mes­tic helpers for 18 years, as the do­mes­tic helpers are not en­ti­tled to the La­bor Stan­dards Law, which set the min­i­mum monthly wage at NT$20,008.

Agus­din said af­ter rounds of ne­go­ti­a­tions, Tai­wanese and Indo- ne­sian of­fi­cials reached the agree­ment to in­crease mi­grant do­mes­tic work­ers’ pay ear­lier in the day.

In­done­sia and the Philip­pines, the two coun­tries which pro­vide most of the mi­grant do­mes­tic helpers in Tai­wan, have pressed Tai­wan for months to heighten wage for their work­ers to NT$17,500 per month, and even threat­ened to stop ex­port­ing their work­ers to the is­land.

But Tai­wan’s La­bor Min­istry said in the evening that it will hold a mul­ti­lat­eral meet­ing with of­fi­cials of In­done­sia, the Philip­pines, Thai­land and Viet­nam to dis­cuss mat­ters of the mu­tual con­cern Fri­day, and how much the mi­grant do­mes­tic helpers’ pay will be raised will only be fi­nal­ized at the meet­ing.

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