Young to be paid stan­dard na­tional salary

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

The La­bor Min­istry an­nounced its de­ci­sion to amend reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing young work­ers’ salaries and work­ers’ rights in the La­bor Stan­dards Act ( ) yesterday.

Work­ers aged 15 will be el­i­gi­ble for stan­dard hourly wages of NT$120, or monthly wages at NT$28,000, should the amend­ments be passed.

The orig­i­nal reg­u­la­tion stip­u­lat­ing that young work­ers’ salaries should not be less than 70 per­cent of the le­gal stan­dard wage will be re­moved.

Ju­nior high school stu­dents head­ing to high school of­ten use the time af­ter grad­u­a­tion to take part-time jobs. As wages have been given ac­cord­ing to a worker’s age un­der the cur­rent law, the La­bor Min­istry ex­plained that young work­ers are likely given the same work­load as stan­dard work­ers. “Only giv­ing 70 per­cent of the le­gal stan­dard wage is not a fair method,” the min­istry said.

Work­ers’ na­tional hol­i­days have been slashed to 12 days from the orig­i­nal 19 days as well.

Among the amend­ments to the La­bor Stan­dards Act is the ad­di­tion of a “Formosa Wa­ter Park Ex­plo­sions Clause.” The clause will de­fine “nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, in­ci­dents and sud­den oc­cur­rences” so em­ploy­ers can ask em­ploy­ees to re­turn to work from their breaks un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances, or to in­crease work­ing hours.

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