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Ex-toll collectors protest extension of deadline for FETC
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-25 03:10 PM
Minister of Transportation & Communications Yeh Kuang-shih met face to face with representatives of former highway toll collectors Tuesday to discuss their grievances with Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. (FETC). After several hours of talks the two sides agreed that the MOTC would set up a review group to investigate whether the job openings provided FETC as compensation to the fired workers have been reasonable.

Dissatisfied with the National Highway Bureau’s extension of the deadline for FETC to settle the employment issue for the discharged workers a month, until June 30, the Self-help Association formed by the toll collectors went to the Bureau Tuesday afternoon to protest. Carrying signs accusing FETC of “false job matching” and other slogans, they complained that extending the deadline to June 30 was caving in to the wishes of FETC. They claimed that tacking on another month for FETC to respond was giving the company too big a break.

A representative of the Association said that FETC is legally required to provide five years of employment and must make up any income lost because of the employees’ termination. The company is also obligated to five months’ salary in compensation to those who are unwilling to accept the job positions being offered by FETC. According to the association’s calculations FETC would then owe the toll collectors NT$579 million for the five-year differential while the five-months’ salary option would cost NT$135 million, a savings of NT$443 million for the company.

Lin Pi-huang, the director of the Self-help Association explained that everyone wants to work, but FETC has presented many bogus job openings that have left many ex-toll collectors far short of the guaranteed five years of income.

Minister Yeh told the union representatives that the MOTC would seek out other private and public companies to identify employment opportunities and resolve the toll collectors’ problems. He added that anyone who is unhappy with FETC’s actions can contact the ad hoc group.

Yeh added that any penalties to be imposed would be decided some time after the end of June and would be based on whether the company has acted in good faith in looking for jobs for the displaced toll collectors.

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