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Labor groups to protest on Labor Day

2012/04/26 21:51:21

Taipei, April 26 (CNA) Around 50 labor and students groups will take to the streets on May 1, Labor Day, to call for better rights for contract workers and young workers, a labor union group said Thursday at a demonstration.

Some 30 representatives of the groups gathered in front of the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) that day to voice their calls for the protest on Labor Day.

Angry protesters staged a skit in which they attached yellow posters representing Taoist paper spells on the pillars outside of the CLA building to symbolize their demand for "exorcising" "evil" labor policies.

The groups will protest against the use of contract workers in government agencies and a proposed extension of fixed-term contract period that could encourage employers to hire more temporary workers, said the Solidarity Union, which consists of corporate and trade unions around Taiwan.

They will also oppose a previous government proposal to "delink" Taiwan's minimum wage for domestic and foreign workers and call for the abolishing of a system under which employees are assigned tasks to complete, no matter how long the work takes, said the union.

In addition, the groups will protest against the raising of school tuition and demand that student interns be covered by Taiwan's Labor Standards Act, said Chu Wei-li, chief executive of the National Federation of Independent Trade Unions and a spokesman of the demonstration.

"Many students are burdened by loans upon graduation and will jump at the first job they can get, often temporary jobs," said Chu.

In addition to student groups and members of the union, professors, nurses, contract workers and foreign workers will also march onto the streets on Labor Day to protest against deprivation and poverty, said the union.

Protesters will march from the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to the Executive Yuan, passing by National Taiwan University Hospital, the Ministry of Education and the Legislative Yuan.

(By Christie Chen)
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