Protest delays over 6,000 train passengers
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- More than 6,000 train passengers in the Taipei Railway Station were delayed last night due to a protest by a group of workers who claimed they didn't get their money when their plants were shut down by their employers.
February 6, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The group of workers also staged a new protest at the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) earlier yesterday.
They demanded government assistance to force their former employers to pay them their back wages.
The protesters said that the CLA provided them with emergency loans 16 years ago for financial relief and to establish their own businesses after the closure of several factories.
But the council started pressuring the unemployed workers to pay up their loans in June last year.
More recently, the council agreed to provide new financial relief to help the workers make loan repayments depending on their respective financial situations.
However, the protesting workers were dissatisfied with the plan and insisted that their former employers fully pay the wages owed to them.
The CLA should help them get the back wages they are entitled to for their services, instead of allowing their former employers to continue to duck the responsibility.
The basic solution to the prolonged dispute is to get the plant owners to fulfill their obligations to pay up the wages owed to their employees, the protesters said.
Some of the workers then moved to the Taipei Railway Station in the evening and staged a sit-in at Platform No. 3.
They even jumped off the platform onto the rail tracks at around 8:20 p.m. in an attempt to block the train service.
As some brief struggles broke out, the more than 200 police officers assigned to maintain order managed to move the protesters away from the rail tracks to avoid severe transport disruptions.