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Labor groups stage call for minimum wage protection

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Several labor groups, including Migrants Empowerment Network in Taiwan, held a press conference at the Ministry of Labor yesterday, where they argued that workers employed in the homecare and nursing sector should enjoy the minimum wage protection afforded to other labor forces.

About 200,000 workers participated in the long-term homecare sector over the past two decades. Their monthly wage averaged NT$15,840, which essentially remained unchanged since 1997. While minimum wage has been raised, it is not yet applied to those in the homecare sector.

The government has been actively pursuing a well-rounded long-term care system in Taiwan. Labor groups argued that as long as cheap labor continues to exist, the welfare system would never be normalized. They called on those in the homecare sector to step up to voice their dissatisfaction about the sweatshop mechanism.

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