Taipei, Several local job banks and a tutoring company might have violated Taiwanese law by allegedly recruiting workers for Chinese companies or posting job information in China on their websites or social media, Taiwan's government has warned.
"Taiwanese people or institutions are not allowed to recruit local workers for Chinese companies or provide information related to China's job market," Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy chief Chiu Chui-cheng said at a weekly news conference on Thursday.
At the same time, "Chinese firms are not allowed to engage in embedded advertising or commercial activities here," Chiu said.
Chinese companies approved by the government to invest in Taiwan are eligible, however, to advertise for workers for its operations and would not violate the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, he said.
The issue has been in the spotlight recently, after Jungsang Tutor as well as 104 and 1111 job banks were accused of allegedly engaging in the activities described as illegal by the MAC.
On April 9, Jungsang Tutor was found to have posted a video on its Facebook page that claimed it was recruiting "more than 100 people willing to teach in China" for job interviews in Fujian Province's Pingtan on May 18.
Applicants had to have a bachelor's degree and teaching certificate, according to the video, in which Jungsang Tutor stressed that the candidates it selected could be 100 percent assured of passing the interviews and that they would receive travel subsidies from the company.
In a print advertisement on the fan page, the company said teachers specialized in physical education, music, mathematics, architecture, engineering/physics and infant and child care were keenly sought after, but noted that "no openings are available in the fields of history or politics.
On April 10, a video about a man claiming to be a teacher of natural science who landed a job following an interview in Pingtan in March also appeared on the fan page.
If the allegations of illegal recruiting activities are proven true, the private individuals or groups could be fined between NT$300,000 (US$9,700) and NT$1.5 million, based on the law, the MAC said Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Liberty Times also reported that 104 and 1111 job banks posted advertisements in Taiwan to recruit workers on behalf of Chinese companies.
104 Job Bank was accused of seeking teachers for several China- based private technical institutes and private high schools and primary schools.
According to the report, many local manpower agencies have run ads for positions with Chinese organizations seeking Ph.D. holders, talent for Chinese tech companies, and elementary and middle school teachers since China came up with 31 incentives to lure Taiwanese talent last year.
The two job banks have insisted on their innocence, saying that they were posting advertisements for Chinese companies approved by the Ministry of Economic Affairs to operate in Taiwan, which they said did not violate the law.
On Wednesday, Henry Ho deputy general manager of 1111 Job Bank, told CNA that they were very careful when posting advertisements of job opportunities in China.
It was strictly done in line with Taiwan's law and only involved Chinese companies legally registered in Taiwan, he stressed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel