Rail services at Taipei Station suspended due to labor protests

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Rail services at Taipei Station suspended due to labor protests

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) ordered a suspension Monday evening of both northbound and southbound trains at the Taipei Main Station amid protests staged by labor groups over amendments to the Labor Standards Act.

Rail traffic was affected since 6:55 p.m., as some of the protesters laid down on the tracks in the Taipei Main Station, prompting the TRA to issue an order suspending services in both directions.

The main issues of contention among the protesters are proposed changes to the law that would allow employers to force their employees to work 12 days in a row, as opposed to the current rule stipulating a mandatory day off in any seven-day period, and a reduction of the rest time between shifts from 11 hours to eight.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Frances Huang)
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