Labor

Annual Labor Demonstration Protests American Pork, with Controversy Regarding KMT Co-Optation Claims

The annual Autumn Struggle labor demonstration was held yesterday in Taipei. Autumn Struggle is traditionally one of the major labor demonstrations in Taiwan, along with International Workers’ Day on May 1st. Despite the name, it is not unusual for Autumn Struggle to take place during what is actually winter. However, this year’s demonstration saw significant controversy due to the perceived co-optation of the event by the KMT...

Pegatron Reports Show That Labor Abuses Continue at Taiwanese-Owned Factories in China

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Pegatron was in the news last week after reports that Pegatron was illegally using student labor in China. As a result, Apple has announced that it will be suspending business with Pegatron, though questions have been raised about Apple's claims that it intends to halt business with Pegatron until labor abuses stop at Pegatron factories...

Tsai Administration’s Actions in Dispute with Indonesian Government Over Broker Fees Are Disgraceful

The Taiwanese Ministry of Labor has condemned the Indonesian government for seeking to abolish broker fees, claiming that the Indonesian government was acting unilaterally in doing so, and seeking to displace costs onto Taiwanese consumers. This, however, is an incident in which the Ministry of Labor has sought to defend exploitative practices by brokers under the current broker system for migrant workers...

Eswatini Students Forced to Work in Factory is the Latest in Series of Similar Incidents

Reports that 40 exchange students from Eswatini studying in Taiwan were forced to work in a refrigerated factory skinning chickens should be highly concerning. Namely, there have been a number of similar incidents in past years involving students from non-western countries forced to work in factories for low wages by their universities under the auspices of work-study programs or internships...