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Minimum wage review meeting postponed

2012/08/02 11:29:44

Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) A minimum wage adjustment meeting scheduled for Thursday has been postponed, as government offices and schools were closed due to the approach of Typhoon Saola.

The Minimum Wage Review Committee was scheduled to meet to discuss whether the current minimum monthly and hourly wages should be adjusted.

The Council of Labor Affairs will coordinate with committee members and hold the meeting “as soon as possible,” Huang Wei-chen, section chief of the council’s Department of Working Conditions, said a day earlier.

Offices and schools in most cities and counties around Taiwan were closed Thursday in anticipation of heavy wind and rain brought by the typhoon.

Taiwan’s hourly minimum wage was expected to be increased at the meeting from NT$103 (US$3.4) per hour to NT$115 per hour, a rise of around 11 percent.

Labor Affairs Minister Wang Ju-hsuan has said on several occasions over the past month that her office plans to raise the minimum hourly wage to NT$115.

As for the monthly wage, there have been media reports of a plan to "slightly raise" the minimum monthly salary from the current NT$18,780 to NT$19,350, an increase of about 3 percent.

(By Christie Chen)
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