Changes in foreign hiring quotas will not impact local workers: MOL

Taipei, A proposed loosening of restrictions on hiring quotas for migrant employees, if implemented, will not impact the local workforce, Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (???) said Friday.

Prioritizing the rights and interests of local workers is the responsibility of the labor ministry, Hsu said.

He was responding to a Cabinet meeting Thursday at which the government discussed plans to relax regulations governing the employment of foreign workers to meet a possible increase in demand for labor in the event Taiwanese businesses relocate production facilities to Taiwan amid the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China.

Under the plan, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) said companies in need of additional laborers will be given greater latitude.

For example, the ratio of foreign laborers could be raised to 25 percent of the workforce at companies in the electronics industry, a large increase from the current 10 percent cap.

According to the ministry, Taiwan currently has a five-tier system — with upper limits on foreign laborers as a percentage of the total workforce at 10 percent, 15 percent, 20 percent, 25 percent and 30 percent in different categories of companies with dirty, dangerous and demanding work conditions, with a ceiling of 40 percent if necessary.

On Friday, Hsu promised that the number of foreign laborers will be capped at 40 percent to safeguard the rights of local workers.

The plan has not yet been finalized, and the ministry will continue to work with relevant agencies to strike a balance that benefits all sides, he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel