Taipei-Far Eastern Air Transport Corp. (FAT) was fined another NT$1.5 million (US$49,200) by labor authorities Wednesday for failing to making outstanding salary payments to its 1,000 employees.
It was the second time a fine was imposed on the cash-strapped airline this month for not being able to meet its commitments to its workers, according to Chen Kun-hung (???), an official at Taipei City's Department of Labor.
On Jan. 6, the carrier was fined NT$1.5 million after it failed to pay the December salaries of its 1,000 employees, which would have amounted to NT$50 million, Chen said.
Following its default on its payments again on Jan. 21, a second fine of NT$1.5 million was imposed on the carrier for breach of responsibility, he said.
According to Chen, the airline said it could not pay salaries because its bank account had been frozen, and it did not give a date when it might be able to make the payments.
He said his department will continue to monitor the situation to see if FAT employees will receive their January salaries on Feb. 5.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel