Labor minister compares labor markets on U.S. trip

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Photo courtesy of Jason Huang

Photo courtesy of Jason Huang

Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) Taiwan has advantages that reduce the potential for labor-management disputes but workers in Taiwan can also learn from their American counterparts, Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) said Monday in the United States after attending a labor conference there.

Among Taiwan's advantages, Hsu said, is its national health insurance system that limits the burden of workers, unlike in the U.S. where many labor disputes occur because of expensive medical insurance.

She said employees in Taiwan can learn from U.S. workers in terms of improving their negotiating skills with employers and organizing into big unions that can project power.

Hsu was in Los Angeles after delivering an opening speech at the conference of the U.S.-based National Association of Government Labor Officials (NAGLO), which was held from July 22 to 25 in Montana.

She was the only international member of the association to attend the meeting and was also Taiwan's first labor minister to take part in the NAGLO conference since the Council of Labor Affairs was reorganized into the Ministry of Labor in 2014.

At the conference, Hsu summarized the state of Taiwan's labor market and said the government was committed to increasing wages, reducing work hours, and creating better working conditions for employees.

After the conference, Hsu visited representatives of local labor unions in California with a delegation that included deputy labor minister Lin San-quei (林三貴) and Jason Huang, a labor officer with the Economic Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.

(By Tsao Yu-fan and Hsu Hsiao-ling)
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