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