Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Labor Minister Wang Ju-hsuan reiterated Wednesday her willingness to initiate policies that would encourage private companies to raise salaries for employees.
"It is not the Council of Labor Affairs' job to initiate such policies but I have heard time and again labor groups' concern that salaries in the country have not increased in years," Wang said in response to reporters' questions on the issue.
However, she conceded that it would be hard for the labor council to initiate such policies and that inter-ministerial cooperation would be required. "But as long as we can do something, we'd be willing to try," she said.
The minister said Tuesday she would be willing to initiate policies that would encourage companies to take up their social responsibilities and to systemize salary increases in the country.
However, Wang's statement was met with criticisms by industry groups.
Rock Hsu, chairman of the Taipei-based Chinese National Federation of Industries, said Wednesday that the government should not stick its nose into the business of private corporations.
(By Zoe Wei and Ann Chen)