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Pan to follow Wang's crusade for labor rights

The former minister of the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), Wang Ju-hsuan (王如玄), officially transferred authority of the CLA to Pan Shih-wei (潘世偉) at a handover ceremony yesterday. The new minister gladly accepted the role, and said that he will follow in Wang's footsteps in fighting for labor rights.

In an emotional ceremony, Wang, holding back tears, recalled her 1,596 days in the position, thanking her former colleagues.

"I thank those who worked so closely with me until four in the morning over issues like the labor insurance fund, typhoon disasters, and labor benefits."

She also apologized for sometimes pushing new policies too aggressively.

Yesterday also marked Wang's birthday. "Other than the day my mother gave birth to me, today will be the most unforgettable birthday of my life," she remarked. She also encouraged other CLA officials to keep their head raised and continue moving forward. "It has been a hard-fought battle. After I take some rest, I will continue to fight for the minority groups of Taiwan."

Wang stepped down from her post after the Cabinet rejected her proposal for a monthly and hourly minimum-wage increase. She also pushed to keep the same basic wages for domestic and foreign workers, an issue that is still in discussion.

The contrasting policies of Pan and Wang

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