President Tsai Ing-wen says a 3% raise for teachers, civil servants, and military personnel is meant to encourage public sector workers and stimulate economic growth.
The government announced the raise late on Tuesday. It is the first time salaries for these three professions have been adjusted since 2011.
Tsai was speaking Wednesday at the opening of two trade expos in Kaohsiung. She said the expos demonstrate Taiwan’s industrial strength and economic recovery to the world. Taiwan has seen a healthy amount of industrial orders as well as increased exports and economic growth.
Tsai said economic growth and recovery is not just the result of government policy or businesses’ innovation but also the contributions of workers.
She said the government’s raise for teachers, civil servants, and service members is to compensate them for their hard work and stimulate the economy. She hopes companies will follow the government’s lead in giving workers a raise, sharing profits with workers, and encouraging them to work hard.
The announcement of the 3% raise comes just two months after the former premier, Lin Chuan, announced that the government would not adjust public sector salaries. In response to reporters’ questions Wednesday, the new premier, William Lai, said the 3% raise was one of the important decisions he had made before taking office. He said the announcement of the raise comes after several days of discussions.