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Taiwan: Petition Declaring Support for Legislative Protection for Domestic Caretakers & House Workers

Taiwan: Petition Declaring Support for Legislative Protection for Domestic Caretakers & House Workers

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by IDWFED published Mar 02, 2015 06:45 PM
The wages of domestic caretakers and house workers have never been adjusted since 1997. Although the minimum wage has been raised to NTD 19,273, they still keep low wage level of NTD 15,840-without continuous rest period, holidays, independent private spaces, labor insurance, right to freedom of movement or a life away from work life.

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TAIWAN -

Petition Declaring Support for Legislative Protection
for Domestic Caretakers & House Workers

Initiated by Migrant Empowerment Network in Taiwan (MENT,台灣移工聯盟)

Please sign the petition, convey your support and demand the government to give back their fundamental human rights as “human beings” give back their dignity laborers deserve.


Photo: Taiwan International Workers Association

The wages of domestic caretakers and house workers have never been adjusted since 1997. Although the minimum wage has been raised to NTD 19,273, they still keep low wage level of NTD 15,840-without continues rest period, holidays, independent private spaces, labor insurance, right to free movement as well as off-work life.

They have been excluded from Labor Standards Law since 1999. In addition, Domestic Worker Protection Act first promoted since 2003 has still not passed by the legislative council. They are suffering from discrimination of the government.

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was implemented on 2012, but the government has never eliminated discrimination to them. Their right to equal pay for equal work is deprived institutionally and their health, security and childbirth is not safeguarded. The Act to Implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was implemented on 2009, but the government has never come down to earth and faces their plight of slavery, nor does it defend their personal freedom, safety and privacy. They hold no leisure life, reasonable salary, safe and healthy labor conditions. They live upon the margins of society and slave-like subordination without any dignity.

Based on the above, Migrant Empowerment Network in Taiwan (MENT) has struggled for their right since 2003 through numerous protests, statements and negotiations – but still in vain. We need participation and support from more people!

Please sign the petition, convey your support and demand the government to give back their fundamental human rights as “human beings” give back their dignity laborers deserve.

Source: Migrant Empowerment Network in Taiwan

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