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Labor group unhappy with proposal to raise the minimum wage
Central News Agency
2014-08-30 12:20 PM
Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) A proposal on Friday by the Ministry of Labor's minimum wage review committee to raise Taiwan's monthly and hourly minimum wages by about 4 percent next year failed to satisfy the Taiwan Labour Front, an activist organization, but apparently pleased students with part-time jobs. The committee recommended that the minimum monthly wage for full-time work should go up by 3.8 percent, or NT$735 (US$24.5) per month, to NT$20,008, while the minimum hourly wage for casual and part-time work should be increased by 4.3 percent to NT$120. Taiwan Labour Front Secretary-General Sun Yu-lien said there was "a big difference" from the monthly NT$23,745 labor groups were expecting. "Not only the (minimum) monthly wage is NT$3,737 short, the hourly rate is also NT$23 short," Sun complained. However, students appeared to be satisfied. A senior university student, who works part time regularly, said that an increase of NT$5 per hour does not sound like much but with regular work it would be possible to accumulate decent earnings. Asked about the proposed minimum wage of NT$20,008 per month for full time work, the student, who declined to be named, said the sum made people "feel good." At least it breaks the NT$20,000 mark, the student said. The current minimum wage is NT$115 (US$3.84) per hour and NT$19,273 per month. The proposed wage increases, which are more than double the rise in inflation anticipated by the government this year, are expected to be implemented in July, provided the proposal obtains Cabinet approval. (By Chang Ming-hsuan and Elizabeth Hsu)
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