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Rumor-spreading worker 'appreciated,' stays safely outside line of fire: Innolux

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Innolux Corp. (群創光電) on Tuesday expressed appreciation to a rumor-spreading employee for admitting to misunderstanding the company's wage system, thereby guaranteeing that she won't be in any form of trouble.

Innolux Chairman Tuan Hsing-chien (段行健), alongside company general manager Wang Jyh-chau (王志超), yesterday spoke about the recent public relation crisis at a news conference held at the firm's Hsinchu headquarters.

The PR crisis, written up by local media as the "22K incident", arose after Hon Hai Precision Industry (鴻海精密) Chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) boasted last Thursday that he would acquire low-wage companies which pay a monthly salary of less than NT$22,000 (hence 22K), and then raise the salaries of their workers, thus sparking heated discussion on the Internet.

A Facebook user going by the pseudonym of Liang Xiao-hua stated that she, a Hon Hai Group employee, earns less than NT$22,000 per month. Liang's identity was later confirmed to be that of an Innolux engineer, and she wrote an apology note in longhand. The note was published at a news event on Monday.

Tuan revealed that Terry Gou yesterday phoned him after reading related reports, asking him to extend his gratitude for Liang's courage in admitting her mistakes and clearing his name. Tuan professed under the spotlight that Innolux is poised to give a pay raise this year.

At yesterday's news event, Tuan emphasized that the press conference was held in order make things right, saying that Liang doesn't have to worry about what is going to happen to her after her real-life identity was found out by the company.

According to Tuan, an Innolux manager paid a call to Liang to explain the company's wage system and sort out Liang's misunderstanding on Monday.

Wang added that Liang's salary, in fact, is more than NT$22,000, indicating that, including benefits, her salary has averaged NT$31,000 per month over the last six months.

However, Tuan pointed his finger at a media report that said Liang had lost her job at Innolux because her remark was a slap in the face for Terry Gou. Tuan said that the jarring report doesn't have a shred of credibility, adding that he never even thought of such a thing. Tuan calls on the media to give Liang room to breathe and let her return to her normal life.

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