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Number of workers on unpaid leave continues to drop

2012/05/16 19:10:51

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) The number of workers in Taiwan on unpaid leave has dropped by 73 people over the past two weeks, the Council of Labor Affairs said Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, 24 companies had reached agreements with their employers on unpaid leave, with 2,207 workers currently on furlough, the latest statistics from the council showed.

The figure represented a decrease of workers on furlough from April 30, when 2,280 workers from 23 companies had agreed to take unpaid leave.

Meanwhile, the labor council said that as of Tuesday, 1,558 workers from 19 companies had signed up for a program to retrain furloughed workers. These workers receive NT$100 (US$3.39) for each hour spent in the training program.

The program, which began last October, provides training subsidies for employees whose work hours have fallen by 16 hours or more per fortnight.

(By Zoe Wei and Ann Chen)
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