Gov't looks for foreign workers; Myanmar an option
By Lauly Li,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Myanmar is among the locations being looked at as a new source of foreign labor, however there is no timetable for recruitment, Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training (BEVT) Director-General Lin San-quei (林三貴) said yesterday.
August 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The comments came after reports that the bureau, which is under the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), will begin recruiting workers from Myanmar in 2014.
Lin said that Taiwan has been experiencing industrial shift in the past few years, resulting in growing demand for foreign labor. In light of a potential shortage in this area, the bureau is looking for new sources, including in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.
Reports on Monday said that Lin accompanied CLA Minister Pan Shih-wei (潘世偉) to Thailand last week to attend an annual bilateral meeting on labor issues. After the meeting, Lin and Pan reportedly flew to Myanmar to discuss recruitment with their counterparts in Myanmar.
Press claimed, however, that a prerequisite for recruitment is the establishment of bilateral offices in both countries; therefore, the BEVT kept a low profile on its visit to Myanmar.
Lin denied visiting Myanmar, saying that CLA staff did not go to Myanmar as the BEVT at this time is not certain whether Myanmar will reach a consensus with Taiwan on the matter.
Only when both Taiwan and Myanmar are willing to talk about the possibility of recruitment will the two countries discuss details, Lin said.
“As far as I know, there is currently no fixed timetable for Burmese worker recruitment,” he said.
There are over 460,000 foreign workers in Taiwan, including laborers from Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. Among the workers, Indonesian laborers account for the largest number, with over 200,000.