Outsourced government workers to get over NT$30,000/month

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Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德)/CNA file photo

Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德)/CNA file photo

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) The Cabinet is to roll out measures to tackle wage stagnation on Monday, including a decision to raise the monthly wage of employees of outsourcing companies who work in central government organizations to above NT$30,000 (US$1,000), sources said.

Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) is scheduled to host a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Monday to announce the pay raise, a decision that is expected to benefit about 8,500 people.

The number of outsourced employees dispatched to work in agencies subordinated to the Executive Yuan, the Presidential Office and other central government organizations stood at around 8,500 at the end of last year, according to statistics compiled by the Executive Yuan's Directorate-General of Personnel Administration.

The average monthly wage for the outsourced employees was not immediately available. The minimum wage in Taiwan is NT$22,000 (US$738.55) per month or NT$140 per hour.

Sources said that Lai will suggest the Basic Wage Deliberation Committee, an advisory body for fixing minimum wages, raise the hourly wage of NT$140 to a higher level.

Lai will also announce increasing the hourly rate paid to part-time university instructors, sources said. They are currently paid NT$670 per hour.

The government has came under criticism in recent years for being responsible for causing wage stagnation, partly because it has chosen to contract out a portion of work to outsourcing companies which usually pay lower wages and offer fewer benefits to employees.

According to a report by the Chinese-language on-line media The Reporter, the latest government statistics available showed that the number of outsourced workers and workers on temporary contracts in 2015 reached a record high of 620,000, five times higher than the number 14 years earlier.

Lee Chien-hung (李健鴻), a professor at the Department of Labor Relations of Chinese Culture University, said that outsourced workers and workers on temporary contracts are often vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace, with 420,000 having faced problems such as wage arrears and the lack of severance package, according to the report.

Additionally, Lai will unveil the Cabinet's immigration policy on Tuesday and put forward policies to raise the country's fertility rate on Wednesday, sources said.

(By Ku Chuan and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
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