Control Yuan Blames Jinsnan Dist. for Death of Employee 小編過勞猝死案 監院糾正金山區公所

A contract employee of New Taipei City's Jinshan District Office named Chen Chia-wei died suddenly at home in August 2020. The Control Yuan investigated his death, and found that he frequently worked overtime and had numerous responsibilities. It ruled that he died from overwork and ordered rectification from the district office. It also asked the New Taipei City Government to discipline negligent personnel.


Chen Chia-wei's father was in attendance at a Control Yuan press conference. His son was a contract employee at New Taipei City's Jinshan District Office and died suddenly at home in August 2020. The Control Yuan found that he had been transferred four times and changed job positions five times from 2017 to 2020. He frequently worked overtime and had many responsibilities but little authority. The Control Yuan blamed his death for overwork and ordered rectification from the district office. It also asked the New Taipei City Government to discipline negligent personnel.

Yeh Ta-hua, Control Yuan Member:” Although Director Liao discovered this problem after arriving and met with him face to face to show concern, there was only verbal concern and nothing more. He didn't use the spirit of the Act for Protecting Worker of Occupational Accidents to manage his overwork and overtime situation.”

The Control Yuan said Chen was responsible for editing the district office's Facebook page, and also served as the media contact. Two Jinshan District Office directors during his time had failed to uphold his occupational safety rights and forced him to work overtime. Moreover, his salary was only NT$27,000 to NT$34,000, making him a "blood and sweat" worker. Current Jinshan District Office Director Liao Wu-hui said additional reviews will be conducted to make improvements.

Liao Wu-hui, Director, Jinshan District Office, New Taipei City:” We were cooperating with the investigation, so we knew what the members were focusing on. We're making improvements to the division of labor, man-hour management, and even employee care. We will study the contents of the report when it comes out to once again conduct reviews.” 

This death has triggered discussions about the diversified use of government workers with different salary treatment and man-hour standards. Contract employees are considered government functionaries in the broad sense. There is a cap on overtime pay but there is no limit on overtime hours, which is considered unreasonable. There are calls for relevant laws to be amended to protect rights and avert similar cases from happening in the future.

 

 

剛剛在監察院的記者會上,監委口中的陳爸爸,就坐在一旁靜靜聆聽,新北市金山區公所一名約聘僱人員陳嘉緯,去年8月猝死家中,監察院調查,他從106年11月起到109年8月為止,歷經四次調動,五次職務轉換,長期超時工作,權小責大,最終因公過勞猝死,糾正新北市金山區公所,並要求新北市政府議處相關失職人員。

監察委員 葉大華:「雖然後面的這個廖區長到任後有發現到這個問題,那也去做了面談關懷,但是都是口頭上的去關懷而已。並沒有把他依據這個,所謂職業安全保護法的這樣一個精神,能夠去列管管控他的超時工作,加班的問題、過勞的問題。」

監察委員指出,陳嘉緯負責經營臉書小編工作、兼任新聞聯絡人,又因金山區公所前後兩任陳姓及廖姓區長,未善盡職業安全防護義務,濫用他超時工作,而且薪水只在2萬7到3萬4之間,淪為血汗小編,對於監察院的糾正,現任金山區長廖武輝表示,將再次進行檢討改善。

新北市金山區長 廖武輝:「因為我們在配合調查的過程期間,大概就已經知道委員他們在注意的那時候,就包括業務分工、工時管理,甚至員工關懷這些都有進行調整改善。到時會看報告更細部的內容,再一次做檢視和檢討。」

金山小編過勞猝死案,也引發政府人力運用多元進用,卻有不同薪酬待遇與工時規範的討論,而具有廣義公務人員身分的約聘僱人員,適用的公令,有請領加班費時數上限,卻沒有加班時數上限,突顯出不合理性,呼籲相關機關,修法保障,避免類似憾事再發生。

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