Two political parties, together with labor rights and student activists, are proposing a referendum on controversial revisions to the labor law that cleared the legislature on Wednesday.
On Friday, Social Democratic Party convener Fan Yun called the revisions a backward step and a democratic crisis in Taiwan’s public policymaking.
Fan called on the public to sign a petition to say no to overwork.
“We have already prepared a draft. After discussing it with scholars specializing in labor law and public law, we think it’s generally OK. We will hold a meeting with whoever is interested in joining us in making a decision as soon as possible. The draft asks: Do you agree to abolish the revisions to the labor law to be promulgated by President Tsai Ing-wen in 2018?," said Fan.
A poll released by the New Power Party (NPP) on Friday says 52% of respondents said the revisions reduce laborers’ protection and 69% back a referendum to review the legislation. The NPP is hoping to hold a referendum along with the year-end mayoral and county commissioner elections.
On Friday, the government said it respects the move as proposing a referendum is a civil right.