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Taipei City will safeguard workers' salaries with new program: mayor

TAIPEI, Taiwan --  Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday announced the launch of the Workers Salaries Security Program (勞工安薪專案), stating that the Taipei City Government will safeguard the wage rights of Taipei employees.

During the municipal meeting press conference, Hau stated that the program seeks to strengthen inspection on the six major industries known to arrear overtime labor pay from employees on a regular basis. The program, said the mayor, will ensure workers receive the pay which they've earned, for the sake of social equality and justice.

Hau also said that to promote labor rights security, the city government had announced a salary increase for all city government employees in February, in hopes of elevating the overall standard of living of city government employees.

The raise, stated Hau, is hoped to also create a ripple effect among city governments across the nation so that worker wages and standards of living can be improved. The mayor later stated that the implementation of the salary raise in the Taipei City Government has since benefited over 7,000 people, including outsource companies in the employment of the city government.

Taipei City Department Responsible for Safeguarding Labor Wages

According to a representative from the Department of Labor of the Taipei City Government, labor inspection penalty cases in the last two years have recorded that the top six industries known to arrear overtime salaries include: wholesale and retail trading, food services, consulting management, transportation, security, followed by construction engineering and manufacturing.

In the past six months said the representative, the department had conducted program inspections on 200 companies of the six industries. Personnel were dispatched to review employee attendance records for investigation purposes.

The department has also recently released an app, whereby the general public can calculate and be notified whether their rights have been violated by employers. The app is available for free, said the representative, who encouraged the download on smartphone platforms.

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