Officials bicker on 'laundering' of gov't staffers
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Authorities governing civil servants have been locking horns over what one of them claims to be personnel “laundering” under a government restructuring bill.
January 5, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The Examination Yuan (EY) has strongly resisted a bill that seeks to turn contracted employees at the nation's labor and health insurance bureaus into civil servants in-line with a government restructuring program.
The EY said yesterday it objects to “laundering” personnel who have not passed the national civil services examinations that it arranges.
But the Cabinet said the plan is meant to make sure that government operations will not be disrupted by the restructuring. The Cabinet added it will have its personnel departments communicate with the EY over the dispute.
The restructuring bill has already been forwarded to the Legislature, but a committee review this week ended in a deadlock, with lawmakers deciding to have the plenary session take over.
The bill seeks to upgrade the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) and the Department of Health (DOH) into ministries. The CLA's Bureau of Labor Insurance and the DOH's Bureau of National Health Insurance will also become government offices rather than their current status as insurance operations directly overseen by Cabinet bodies.
The controversy surrounds the status change of about 1,000 contracted employees who have been the main workforce for the two insurance bureaus. The Cabinet is looking to give them an option to become civil servants without having to pass the civil services examinations.
But the EY insists that the civil service examination institution will become meaningless if the Cabinet move goes through the Legislature.