Labor

Press Conference Held Instead of Annual International Workers’ Day March Due to COVID-19

The annual march in Taipei commemorating International Workers’ Day did not take place today, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, labor groups held a press conference this morning on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building, where the International Workers’ Day march normally starts each year... Read More

Report Details Continued Abuses in Taiwan’s Fishing Industry

A report by Greenpeace released last week suggests that human rights abuses in Taiwan’s fishing industry continue to take place, with little change having occurred in spite of criticisms in past years from Greenpeace and other environmental and labor NGOs. Taiwan has over 20,000 migrant workers that work on deepwater fishing vessels and one-third of tuna catches in the world come from Taiwanese vessels... Read More

RCA Ruling Pays Compensation to Only 24 of 246 Plaintiffs

The long-running RCA case, one of Taiwan’s major class-action lawsuits against chemical pollution and its effects on the health of Taiwanese factory workers, continues to be unresolved. This can be observed in a ruling by the High Court last week, in which RCA was ordered to pay 54.7 million NTD to only 24 of 246 plaintiffs. The ruling is likely to be appealed... Read More

Detention of Well-Known Chinese Labor Activist Points to a Larger Pattern

The detention of young Chinese labor activist Chen Wei-xiang proves the latest incident of the detention of social activists by the Chinese government. Chen's detention points to a larger pattern, not only regarding actions by the Chinese government against labor activists, but against activists that run news platforms aimed at spreading information about protests or political dissent... Read More

Ministry of Labor’s Refusal to Abolish Migrant Labor Broker System Illustrates Deference to the Free Market

The latest round of protests against the exploitative migrant labor brokerage system saw hundreds of people demonstrating outside the Indonesian, Filipino, and Vietnamese representative offices in Taipei in early November. Yet the Taiwanese Ministry of Labor responded to the protests by washing its hands of any responsibility for upholding this predatory system of labor brokerage. The Ministry of Labor's deference to the free market is consistent with the government’s goal of treating Southeast Asian migrant workers employed through the guest worker program as cheap and disciplined labor power... Read More