Cabinet to talk to DPP lawmakers on labor law

The Cabinet will hold discussions with lawmakers from the majority Democratic Progressive Party on the controversial new labor law.

The latest revision of the labor law went into effect at the beginning of the year. The law now mandates that all employees get one fixed day off per week, plus one flexible day which can be negotiated for overtime pay.

The law has drawn nationwide criticism from employers and employees alike. The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) joined local businesses and suggested that the government should allow more flexibility in employees' working hours.

Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung said Thursday that they understand and respect the suggestions, and will hold meetings with DPP lawmakers on the subject. However, Hsu said, the Cabinet currently has no plan to draft a further revision to the law.

Premier Lin Chuan also spoke on the issue in a radio interview on Thursday. He said the Cabinet must listen to the opinions of working people and not just the suggestions of companies when it comes to amending the labor law.

Source: Radio Taiwan International