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Taiwan workers forced to overwork as stagnant wages persist

Reporter Vivian Hsiao
Release time:2023/03/21 17:49
Last update time:2023/03/21 18:07
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 Taiwan workers forced to overwork as stagnant wages persist

TAIPEI (TVBS News) — Long working hours and stagnant wages have permeated Taiwan's society.

According to data from the Ministry of Labor (MOL), Taiwan ranked the 4th highest in working hours among 40 economies globally in 2020, clocking in at an average of 2,021 working hours per worker.

 

Though the number dropped to 2,000 hours in 2021, the reduction remains a slight difference on the global stage. 

The relatively low percentage of part-time workers could contribute to the high working hours. 

However, it is also evident that stagnant wages in Taiwan have forced many workers to accept more jobs and overtime work to make ends meet.
 

"Low wages force workers to extend their working hours to meet their basic needs," Taiwan Labour Front Secretary-General Son Yu-liam said.

"To effectively reduce Taiwan's total working hours, we must prioritize resolving the issue of stagnant wages."

With Taiwan's long working hours surpassing Japan's and South Korea, labor groups are urging the government to address wage issues and establish a better work-life balance for employees. 

The current situation impacts workers' health and well-being and hinders economic growth by reducing consumer spending and limiting domestic demand. 

Taiwan Affairs

#Taiwan#stagnant wages#long working hours#overwork#society

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