Number of employees on furlough triples in late Aug.
CNATAIPEI -- The number of employees put on unpaid leave more than tripled in the last two weeks of August, according to statistics released by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) yesterday.
September 3, 2013, 5:06 pm TWN
As of Aug. 31, 2,345 workers at 34 companies had agreed to be put on unpaid leave, of which 2,240 had already begun furloughs, statistics showed.
That represents a large increase from the Aug. 15 figures, which recorded 717 workers at 32 companies agreeing to unpaid leave, of which 663 were already furloughed.
The increase came mainly from two electronics manufacturers, which reached furlough agreements with over 1,500 employees in the past two weeks, said Huang Wei-chen, senior executive officer of the council's Department of Working Conditions, who spoke to CNA by telephone.
The two companies, both cell phone component manufacturers, are expected to implement the furlough plan over the next three months, Huang said.
Huang dismissed concerns that the sudden increase represented an industry trend, however.
“Our preliminary understanding is that these individual companies may be facing difficulties in their operations,” Huang said, adding that his council has asked the Ministry of Economic Affairs to offer assistance as necessary.
Most of the furloughed workers will take one to four days of leave each month, the council said.
The late August furlough numbers are the highest since Feb. 28 this year, when 2,547 employees had agreed to and 2,216 were already on temporary leave.
Employers are required to receive written consent from workers before placing them on furlough.
Workers can call the CLA hotline (0800-085151) to file complaints if they suspect any irregularities or that their employers are violating regulations.