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Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Indonesian worker to serve 15-year jail sentence for manslaughter charges

An Indonesian worker received a 15-year prison sentence for a manslaughter conviction handed down by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court yesterday confirmed the previous ruling by the Hsinchu District Court and Taiwan High court of 15 years in jail for a migrant worker, named Indayani, for an incident which occurred in May 2015.

Taiwan, Philippines reach consensus on labor issues

The meeting was headed by Taiwan's Minister of Labor Lin Mei-chu (林美珠) and Philippine Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre H. Bello III, the MOL said in a statement.

Vietnamese workers protest migrant’s death by police shooting

Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) Dozens of Vietnamese migrant workers and labor rights activists protested in front of the National Police Agency (NPA) in Taipei on Monday over the shooting death of a Vietnamese worker on Aug. 31, demanding a thorough investigation of the case to determine if excessive police force was used.

Long-term Care Services Program facing shortages

The Long-term Care Services Act (長期照顧服務法) might have funding and staffing shortages over the next decade, Ministry of Health and Welfare documents showed.

Taiwanese employers to pay placement costs for Indonesian migrant workers

Indonesian migrant workers coming to Taiwan may no longer need to foot the bill for contracts and agency fees in the future, said an Indonesian official yesterday. According to Nurson Wahid, head of the National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers (BNP2TKI), they are working to guarantee zero costs for those who are going to Taiwan for work.

Labor Department clarifies spending on parentless foreign children

The Legislative Yuan met with the Labor Department to discuss how to subsidize abandoned children of foreign workers born in Taiwan and the processes of raising them. Labor Minister Lin Mei-chu (林美珠) denied rumors that the Labor Ministry provides NT$2 billion in subsidies to abandoned non-Taiwanese children. She clarified that the Department is committed to subsidizing humanitarian causes which include providing non-Taiwanese workers with employment assistance and naturalization aid.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nearly 70 percent of foreigners who became naturalized R.O.C. citizens in 2016 were from Vietnam, according to government statistics released Saturday. Over 3,000 people were naturalized as R.O.C. citizens in 2016, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) disclosed Saturday. Most were women: 93.8 percent of the newly naturalized citizens last year were female and 90.74 percent had obtained citizenship through marriage.

Online application for extension of migrant worker contracts is now available...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)-Online applications for the extension of migrant workers' contracts are available now, Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Tuesday, praising the new system for being more efficient. To take advantage of the service, the employer have to log onto the website, which is managed by the MOL's Workforce Development Agency, complete the application form and pay the fee, the ministry said.

Vietnamese protest one year after Formosa spill disaster

Protests were held at several places along Vietnam’s coast on Thursday, a year after the country’s worst environmental disaster was caused by a spill from a steel mill, activists said.

Migrant workers say no to brokers, Ministry of Labor responds

Organized by the Taiwan International Workers' Association, the group started form the Labor Ministry in the afternoon and ended at the Presidential Office, where they held signs appealing for an end to the private brokerage system. Protesters called for the private employment brokerage system, which charges fees that can exorbitant and exploitative, to be replaced with a direct hiring system mediated by the government.