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Number of workers on unpaid leave up slightly

2012/06/18 21:29:14

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) The number of workers in Taiwan on unpaid leave has slightly risen by 2 to 1,367 over the past two weeks, the Council of Labor Affairs said Monday.

As of June 15, 19 companies had reached agreements with their employees on unpaid leave, with 1,367 workers currently on furlough, the latest statistics from the council show.

The number has increased from the end of May, when 1,365 workers from 20 companies had agreed to take unpaid leave and all of them were on furlough.

Meanwhile, the labor council said that as of mid-June, 1,558 workers from 19 companies had signed up for a program to retrain furloughed workers. These workers receive NT$100 (US$3.35) 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. To qualify for the subsidies, one of the conditions is that the companies must keep their workforce numbers at a certain level.

(By Christie Chen)