Free trade zones to avoid focus on blue collar jobs
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Employers in Taiwan's emerging free trade zones will avoid hiring labor-intensive workers, Council of Labor Affairs Minister Pan Shih-wei said yesterday.
January 29, 2013, 12:38 am TWN
Contrary to the common belief that free trade zones are defined as labor-intensive manufacturing centers, Pan said that the new free trade zones in Taiwan would be designed to create more jobs for white collar workers. With this aim in mind, the government hopes to enhance the quality and standards of the nation's industries, according to Pan.
While many people worry that the creation of new free trade zones will actually attract more blue collar workers, Pan explained that the goal of the launch was in-line with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which is defined as a “high-standard” agreement specifically aimed at emerging trade issues in the 21st century.
Pan stressed that there will be a more liberalized law for the entrance of foreign white collar workers in the free trade zones, where workers would not need to have two years of working experience or bring in a revenue of more than NT$10 million to his or her company. Maximum salaries, however, will still remain the current NT$47,971, he said.