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Industry groups concerned over protesters' strike calls
Central News Agency
2014-03-24 09:31 PM
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) Industry groups expressed concern Monday over calls by protesters for strikes in schools and workplaces. Given the current poor state of the economy, the groups believe that employers and employees alike will not be able to handle the cost of potential strikes, and say that at the end of the day, there will be no winners. Demonstrations against the trade-in-services agreement with China led to the occupation of the Legislative Yuan by protesters that began March 18. Some of them stormed the Executive Yuan late Sunday and were eventually forcibly removed from there after a 10-hour standoff. National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises President Lin Hui-ying and Taipei Chamber of Commerce President Wang Ying-chieh both expressed their disapproval of the protesting students' decision to occupy both the Legislative Yuan and the Executive Yuan, stating that any disagreements with government policies should be dealt with in a reasonable manner, not by creating a major social incident. With regard to the forcible removal of the students occupying the Executive Yuan, Wang says the police "did what had to be done." Lin also expressed concerns over the calls for strikes in schools and workplaces, saying that they could negatively affect the stock market and in the long term, affect Taiwan's investment, as well as the nation's image abroad. According to Wang, the strike calls will not have any major social resonance, simply because the current economic climate will not allow for it and the social cost of such action would be too high. As the protests continue to heat up, the Chinese National Federation of Industries was planning a meeting for the following day to discuss the demonstrations against the trade-in-services agreement. It will be attended by 10 representatives from different industry groups, who plan to release a joint statement following the meeting. (By Huang Chiao-wen and John Scot Feng)
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