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Migrant workers in Taiwan to demand abolition of brokerage system

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Migrant workers will demand the end of the private labor brokerage system at their biennial protest in Taipei on Sunday (Dec. 8).

In order to do away with excessive brokerage fees, labor groups want “G2G,” or government-to-government, recruitment to be generalized. Taiwan employs hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, mostly from Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Foreign laborers and caregivers have been contributing to Taiwan’s economy and social development for 30 years, the organizers of the demonstration told CNA. They added that some brokerages used their monopoly on information to suppress the workers’ rights instead of assisting them, adding that over the past three decades, the government has failed to live up to its responsibilities.

The protesters will begin their march at the headquarters of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party at 1 p.m. and pass by the offices of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Legislative Yuan before stopping in front of the Ministry of Labor.

At the headquarters of both parties, they will hand over a translated volume of foreign workers’ accounts about the brokerages in order to bring the issue to the attention of Taiwan’s presidential candidates, CNA reported.

Written by Matthew Strong

Source: Taiwan News

Published on 7 December 2019


[Taiwan] Second batch of medical interpreters for immigrants complete training

Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) Twenty-six interpreters graduated recently from a training program offered by the New Taipei government with the goal of facilitating better communication between healthcare professionals and migrant workers who require psychological counseling, a labor official in the city said Thursday.

Tsai Chih-sung (蔡智松), a staff member in the foreign workers affairs section in the city’s Labor Affairs Department, said the 26 interpreters graduated on Nov. 9 from the Bilingual Interpreter Training Program of Mental Health Counseling that started in September.

The graduates will provide interpretation services to Indonesian, Vietnamese, Filipino, and Thai patients seeking psychological counseling services in Taiwan, Tsai said.

The goal is to help improve communication between migrant workers and healthcare staff, according to New Taipei Labor Affairs Department Commissioner Chen Jui-chia (陳瑞嘉).

“We also hope it will help close the cultural gap and make the interpreters more attuned of the health problems of migrant workers,” he said.

Janice Tee (鄭珍真), deputy director of the Serve the People Association (SPA) that provided the training, said migrant workers in Taiwan often fall victim to rape, sexual harassment, and physical abuse but find it difficult to communicate when they require psychological counseling.

SPA received reports from at least 30 female migrant workers of sexual harassment in 2018 and one report of rape this year, she said.

“These victims are often traumatized after such an ordeal and need professional psychological care, which requires the services of medical interpreters,” Tee said. “While the interpretation might not be 100 percent accurate, the goal is to minimize misunderstandings.”

The graduation of the 26 medical interpreters brings the total number in the program so far to 46, following the training of the first batch of 20 last year, Tee said.

The names of the 46 medical interpreters will be provided to hospitals and government agencies in Taipei, New Taipei, and Taoyuan that serve migrant workers, she said.

Currently, there 716,125 workers from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines employed in Taiwan, mainly as factory workers, caregivers and domestic helpers, according to Ministry of Labor statistics valid as of the end of October.

Written by William Yen
Source: Focus Taiwan
Published on 28 November 2019

[Taiwan] Talks on migrant workers ongoing

Taiwan is in talks with countries that supply migrant workers following an announcement in April that it would allow dairy farms to hire migrant workers on a trial basis.

The move is part of an effort to help address the country’s farm labor shortage, Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) said.

Hsu said last week that the Ministry of Labor launched the trial program to allow Taiwanese dairy farms to employ foreign workers from developing economies.

No workers have arrived in Taiwan yet because their employment contracts have not been verified by their home countries.

Hsu said that representatives from Thailand and Indonesia have made fact-finding visits to Taiwan to gain an understanding of Taiwan’s employment of agricultural workers.

According to the ministry, to protect migrant workers’ rights, their home countries require their employment contracts to be verified before allowing their workers to be employed abroad.

To date, Thailand has begun the process of contract verification, while Indonesia has agreed to allow its workers to take up employment in Taiwan’s agricultural sector and has given a sample employment contract to be reviewed by the ministry.

Taiwan has also reached a consensus with the Philippines on the employment of migrant farm workers, with the details still being discussed, the ministry said.

The ministry is also in talks with Vietnam on these matters, it added.

Taiwan currently has more than 700,000 migrant workers, ministry data showed.

Source: Taipei Times
Published on 12 November 2019

Taiwan takes in more than 36,000 Vietnamese overseas workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In the first eight months of the year, there were 91,663 overseas Vietnamese workers, with 36,825 (40.17 percent) taking a job in Taiwan, according to a CNA report on Tuesday (Oct. 1).

The CNA report was based on Vietnam government statistics. Of the 91,663 Vietnamese migrant workers, 30,734 were female.

Taiwan is the second largest employer of Vietnamese overseas workers behind Japan, which hired 45,622 Vietnamese during the same eight-month period. Also, in August, Vietnam sent out 11,699 overseas workers, 6,080 of whom went to Japan, with 4,566 going to Taiwan, the report added.

Vietnam’s labor authority plans to send a total of 120,000 migrant workers to foreign countries this year. So far, the figure stands at 76.38 percent of the total.

The Vietnamese government has placed a big emphasis on overseas workers, as part of a national policy to eliminate poverty and acquire wealth, the CNA report said. Taiwan has been the largest importer of Vietnamese labor over the past few years, but this changed after Japan opened up to foreign labor.

Written by George Liao
Source: Taiwan News
Published on 2 October 2019

Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts Aug. 11

Taipei, July 30 (CNA) Migrant workers in Taipei will be able to obtain basic medical checks and haircuts free of cost on Aug. 11, under an initiative launched earlier in the year by the city government, an official said Tuesday.

The medical checks will cover height, weight, body fat, and blood pressure readings as well as eye and dental examinations, according to Chen En-mei (陳恩美), a secretary at the Taipei City Foreign and Disabled Labor Office (FDLO), which is organizing the event.

Migrant workers who wish to have those checks, as well as free haircuts, will be required to present their alien resident certificates and national health insurance cards at the venue at Taipei Main Station, Chen said.

Information on health related topics, such as HIV prevention, will also be shared by health advisors, she said.

“We’re taking this opportunity to show migrant workers that the city government cares about them,” Chen said.

She said other activities such as a simple Mandarin game will be held at the venue on Aug. 11, allowing migrant workers to win small gifts if they can recognize the characters for common household items such as toothpaste, soap and towel.

“This is aimed at helping the many migrant caregivers in Taipei to better communicate with their employers or the elderly they look after,” she said.

Under the FDLO initiative, a similar event was held on April 28, and two others are scheduled for Oct. 20 and Dec. 8, Chen said.

“These events are all being held on a Sunday because that’s when most migrant workers have a day off and many of them usually gather at Taipei Main Station to socialize with friends,” Chen said. “We’re inviting all migrant workers across the country to come and participate.”

As of the end of June, there were 707,954 migrant workers in Taiwan, with Indonesia as the biggest source, accounting for 269,826, followed by Vietnam with 222,938, the Philippines 154,685, and Thailand 60,503, according to the Ministry of Labor.

In Taipei, the number of migrant works as of the end of May was 46,554, 92.5 percent of whom were working as caregivers, according to FDLO statistics.
Source: Focus Taiwan
Published on 30 July 2019

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