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Workers on unpaid leave continue to grow: council

TAIPEI--The number of workers on unpaid leave in Taiwan has continued to rise since September, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) said in a release on yesterday.

As of Monday, 2,040 workers from 37 companies had reached agreements with their employers to take unpaid leave, the CLA said.

This was an increase from Oct. 1, when 1,413 employees from 36 companies had agreed to such an arrangement, the CLA said.

It was also the fourth consecutive increase in the number of furloughed workers since the beginning of September, as Taiwan's economy continues to show little sign of recovery, according to the council's previous reports.

Twelve of the 36 companies, however, have discontinued the unpaid leave strategy, it said.

The council said it will continue to monitor the situation and advise local labor administrations on matters pertaining to workers' rights.

Since last year, the CLA has been issuing reports on unpaid leave on the first and 16th of each month.

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