President Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will address key issues in the process of revising Taiwan’s labor law.
An amendment to the controversial labor law recently passed its first reading at the Legislature.
Tsai said the DPP hopes that employers and employees will allow each other certain flexibility. Tsai also said the government will ensure that issues such as overworking and low wages are addressed during the revision process.
"I promise to everyone that during the restructuring [of Taiwan’s small-to-medium sized businesses], the government will step in and address the issue of overwork. I have asked Cabinet ministries to put an end to overwork," Tsai said. "I also promise everyone that the government will facilitate the restructuring of Taiwan’s small-to-medium sized enterprises in order to provide better salary structures for our workers. At the same time, the government will continue to push for the upward adjustment of overall wage levels."
Tsai also said that she welcomes input from other parties and hopes to make the revision process more comprehensive.