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Kaohsiung to closely monitor rights of workers at closed ASE plant
Central News Agency
2013-12-23 03:29 PM
Taipei, Dec. 23 (CNA) The Kaohsiung city government will keep a close eye on whether Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) is ensuring its workers' rights after the company was ordered to shut down one of its plants in the city Dec. 20 as a result of illegal wastewater discharge, a city official said Monday. Chung Kung-chao of the city government's Labor Affairs Bureau said that if workers' rights are compromised during the period of suspension of its K7 plant, the bureau will fine ASE, the world's top chip packaging and testing firm, in accordance with the Labor Standards Law. Chung said that ASE should continue to pay salaries, overtime pay and other allowances in compliance with regulations to workers at the K7 plant who have been transferred to other plants, and should safeguard employment-related rights. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu told ASE Chairman Jason Chang Sunday that the shutdown has not been caused by a decline in business or other factors beyond the company's control, two conditions that would warrant furloughs under the Labor Standards Law.

How the ASE treats its workers at the K7 plant during the shutdown would be taken into consideration when the city government assess the company's request to resume operations at the plant, the mayor said. The K7 plant was set to propose a plan Monday for the resumption, which will be assessed by a panel of experts and scholars hired by the city's Environmental Protection Bureau, another city official said. Meanwhile, Minister of Economic Affairs Chang Chia-juch said that his ministry will urge and help the K7 plant to resume operations as soon as possible after it submits an improvement plan. The plant is expected to resume operations in the next two to three months, Chang added. Chang also said the ministry supports a proposed law amendment to cancel preferential measures for companies in violation of the Water Pollution Control Act. Meanwhile, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Stephen Shu-hung Shen said he has been consistent in his stance on handling the ASE water pollution case. Shen said the EPA is seeking an amendment to the Act to impose a ban on factories rerouting pipes for releasing untreated industrial wastewater and increase penalties and raise maximum fines for factories caught violating the law. ASE's K7 plant in Kaohsiung was accused of discharging water contaminated with heavy metals into a river via illegally installed underground piping. (By Wang Shwu-fen, Chen Ja-fo, Wang Ching-yi, Zoe Wei and Y.L. Kao)

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