Train Accident Victims Demand Faster Action 太魯閣事故將滿週年 五成傷者仍未和解

The one-year anniversary of the 2021 Hualien train derailment that killed 49 people is approaching. Victims say the Presidential Office and Executive Yuan both guaranteed that the incident would be dealt with properly, but 50 percent of those injured have not yet signed the reconciliation agreement.


Representatives of victims of the 2021 Hualien train derailment braved the rain to protest outside the legislature. They demanded a face-to-face meeting with Transportation and Communications Minister Wang Kwo-tsai. They were supposed to meet with him last week, but he stood them up.    

Victims' Representative: “Our Transportation and Communications Minister Wang Kwo-tsai previously told the media that he is willing to meet with family members on any Saturday or Sunday. Nearly a year has passed since the Taroko Express accident, and victims have been begging him for this entire year. He has not even consented to meet with us once.”

Victims' Representative: “Taiwan Railways' reforms continue to fail, and similar incidents occur again and again, each time with more casualties. I think not only is the TRA's safety out of control, but also its culture and system.”

Victims said the minister needs to honor his commitments and meet with them face to face. They also said Taiwan Railways Administration needs to be externally supervised when undergoing safety reforms, and the supervisory group should include victims' family members and representatives. Wang came to the scene to speak with protesters and convince them that he didn't stand them up. He said his subordinates did not make the proper arrangements for the meeting last week and there were misunderstandings over the timing. He promised to meet with representatives on March 29.

Wang Kwo-tsai, Transportation and Communications Minister: “It's come to my understanding that you all felt that it was very difficult to meet with me last week. That's why I immediately asked my subordinates to communicate with all of you. I've kept my schedule free tomorrow at 3 p.m. for all of you and I will listen attentively to all your opinions.”

Tu Wei, Director-General, TRA: “We have not once stopped communicating with the group of victims and family members of those killed.”
Chen Jiau-hua, Legislator (NPP): “You're here talking about what a great job you've done, that you've been in constant contact. ”

Tu Wei, Director-General, TRA:“No, that was not my intention.”
Chen Jiau-hua, Legislator (NPP): “However, our minister was subject to so much criticism today and I think that's absolutely unreasonable.”

Legislators said the TRA took charge of negotiating with family members of victims after the accident, but only half of the victims have so far signed reconciliation agreements. They said the TRA is not working hard enough, and it makes people think that safety reforms will also be inadequate. Members of the Taiwan Railway Labor Union have said they may refuse to work overtime during the Labor Day long weekend. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications says it continues to hold internal meetings to discuss differences between the union and its draft regulations for the corporatization of the TRA. It says five of the 12 articles can be amended to bridge gaps and negotiations will continue.

 

 

 

冒著雨,太魯閣號傷者代表來到立法院前陳情,傷者要求要和交通部長王國材面對面溝通,還控訴原本上周應該與部長見面會談,卻被放了鴿子。

傷者代表說道:「我們的交通部長王國材,他曾經在媒體上面答應,只要是週六週日,他都願意跟家屬面見開會,但是太魯閣的事件過去了將近1年,傷者也足足求了他1年,他到現在連一面都不願意見。」

傷者代表也說道:「台鐵的改革一直失靈,相同的事件一再重演,死傷更為慘重,我相信失控的不只有台鐵的安全,還有台鐵的文化和制度。」

傷者訴求部長要履行承諾面對面溝通,並要求台鐵在安全改革中要納入外部監督團體,成員就要包含傷亡者家屬與傷者代表。交通部長王國材親自來到傷者陳情現場,解釋上週並非無故取消會面,是安排同仁沒有約好,他承諾週2下午就會和傷者面對面來溝通。

王國材說:「上個禮拜知道說你們有覺得是要跟我見面很困難,所以我馬上請我們同仁也跟你們聯繫,明天下午3點我把時間都留下來,我會傾聽大家的聲音。」

台鐵局長杜微表示:「我們在傷者跟罹難者家屬的群組,我們從來沒有間斷過溝通。」時力立委陳椒華指出:「你在這裡回答說你都做得多好,你都有溝通。」杜微回應:「我沒有這個意思。」陳椒華又說:「但是今天讓我們部長受到這麼大的責備,我想這個絕對是不合理的。」

立委也抨擊台鐵,太魯閣事故後,由台鐵主則與家屬談和解,但到現在傷者只有一半人簽下和解書,認為台鐵辦事不力,讓人聯想安全改革是否效率也不彰。另外對於台鐵企業工會揚言五一發動休假不配合加班,交通部表示,目前持續內部會議,討論交通部版本公司化條例與工會版本差別,初步檢視12條中有5條可以再修改,拉近雙方差距,會持續來協商。
 

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