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GOVT. AND WORKERS FEEL NEW LABOR LAW DIFFERENTLY|勞動部:落實週休二日 青年:低薪超時未解

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-05-17
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It's been about a year since the Tsai administration took office, and recently the Ministry of Labor held press conference, saying that during the past year, it has implemented 5-day workweek, increased the annual leave and raised the monthly minimum wage to NT$21,009. However, young people seem to feel otherwise.

This copy of the community's 3-D diagram is the work of Miss Wang. However, even with high education, a graduate degree from National Taiwan University, Miss Wang still had to spend several months to find a job with a starting salary of NT$30,000 per month. She said that if her employer gives her over-time pay in accordance with the law, she could receive as much as NT$60,000 per month, but that's not the case.

==MS. WANG unemployed ==
The employer asks his employees to work overtime until 1 or 2 o'clock after midnight, even 2 or 3 o'clock. This happens almost every day. Then he brazenly said you could only have compensatory leave and have it the next day only.

According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Labor, nearly 30 percent of young people want to change their jobs because they are dissatisfied with the low income. Right before the first year anniversary since President Tsai took office, the Ministry of Labor made a comment, saying that "one fixed day off and one flexible rest day" policy, increase in annual leave, and elevation of basic wages to NT$21,009 have all been implemented, though it's still too early to talk about adjusting salaries.

==KUO KUO-WEN Dep. Minister of Labor==
Frankly speaking, it is still summer and therefore it's too early to adjust or not to adjust basic wages.

Scholars believe that the problem is that Taiwan's GDP growth does not reflect on the people's income, adding that the Ministry of Labor promised to improve the working conditions but its actions suggested otherwise.

==CHEN CHENG-LIANG Assoc. Prof., Graduate Inst. for Social Transformation Studies==
In my opinion, regarding the "one fixed day off and one flexible rest day" policy as a political achievement is something our society can hardly understand. It seems that the labor's policy you put forward runs counter to the problem you wish to deal with once and for all, such as overwork and low salaries.

Meanwhile, young workers said the labor policies the Tsai Administration implemented in the past year did not solve the problem of their low salaries. Scholars furthermore emphasized that the Ministry of Labor's response to these issues just proves the ministry's inability to resolve the problem.

TRANSLATED BY:BRYANT CHANG

總統蔡英文執政將屆滿一年,當初提出的縮短工時、扭轉低薪等六大勞工政策,這一年來是否讓勞工有感?勞動部開記者會,自評一例一休上路後,落實了周休二日,也增加了勞工特休假,但高學歷失業的青年勞工,認為雇主依然違法,低薪、超時工作等血汗勞動現況依然沒有扭轉。

這份社區的3D立體圖,是王小姐獨當一面的設計作品,不過台大研究所畢業的她,頂著高學歷,卻花好幾個月,才找到起薪三萬元的工作,上班後超時工作是常態、也領不到任何加班費,她認真一算若老闆依法給加班費,月薪可達六萬元,但最後憤而離職的她,還不是最慘的,她深感這一代年輕人窮忙、又看不見未來。

==失業勞工 王小姐==
會讓他們超時加班
到晚上一、兩點
兩、三點都有可能
而且是幾乎天天
然後(雇主)明目張膽地說
你只能補休
而且你只能在隔天補休完

王小姐並非個案,勞動部調查發現,近3成的青年,因為待遇太差,想換工作。而總統蔡英文上任前,發表縮短工時、扭轉低薪等六大政見,現在是否落實?勞動部選在蔡總統、就職滿周年之際自評,六大勞工政策中的21項內容,目前已經完成「一例一休」落實周休二日、增加特休假、去年基本工資調升到21009元等4項,面對低薪問題,勞動部認為提高基本工資可改善,但又說現在談調薪言之過早。

==勞動部次長 郭國文==
至於基本工資調或不調
老實說現在還在夏天
言之過早啦

但學者認為台灣當今的低薪困境,在於GDP的成長沒有反映在薪資上,也批評勞動部說要改善勞動條件,卻說一套做一套。

==世新大學社發所副教授 陳政亮==
我覺得把一例一休當做是政績
是一個社會上很難理解的事情
就是你提出一個勞工政策
關於過勞低薪這些問題
你想要徹底解決的一個方向
好像都背道而馳

青年勞工認為蔡政府這一年來推動的勞動政策、沒有改善他們的低薪問題,而學者強調,勞動部的回應反而「自曝其短」,勞工的低薪魔咒,在新政府上任後,依然沒有解除。

記者黃怡菁 張梓嘉 陳立峰 台北報導