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Number of furloughed workers in Taiwan down in 1st half of March

2019/03/18 13:59:47

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) The number of workers on unpaid leave in Taiwan in the first half of March fell from the previous two weeks, according to statistics released Monday by the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

As of March 15, the number of workers who agreed to go on furlough was 289, down from 492 in the last two weeks of February, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, the number of employers implementing unpaid leave also fell in the first half of March, dropping from 23 in the previous two weeks to 18, the MOL data showed.

During the period March 1-15, seven employers terminated the unpaid leave program, but two additional ones adopted it, the ministry said.

Most of the companies that had employees on unpaid leave were small enterprises with a workforce of fewer than 50, except for three that had a bigger workforce, according to the MOL.

The companies had been asking their workers to take one to four days of unpaid leave per month for a period of up to three months, the ministry said.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)