Clashes erupted between ruling and opposition lawmakers on Thursday during a committee meeting over a controversial bill to implement a five-day work week.
The incident occurred when ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Wu Yu-chin (???), convener of the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee, announced that the minutes of the committee's Oct. 5 meeting had been confirmed and passed, despite protests by legislators from the opposition Kuomintang and New Power Party (NPP).
Opposition lawmakers argued that the meeting, in which a draft amendment to the Labor Standards Act (?????) was pushed through by the majority DPP after a review that took just 60 seconds, was invalid and the minutes were inaccurate, demanding that video footage of the meeting be examined.
That demand was ignored by Wu, leading to the clashes.
The draft amendment would introduce a five-day work week with one fixed day off and one flexible rest day, while keeping the number of national holidays to which workers are entitled at 12.
Labor rights groups have strongly protested the bill because it fails to honor a previous promise by the DPP to restore the number of national holidays to 19.
KMT deputy spokesman Tang Teh-ming (???) said on Thursday that his party does not recognize the validity of the Oct. 5 meeting, adding that the incident highlighted the anti-democratic leanings of the DPP.
Meanwhile, NPP Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (???), said he could not believe Wu had refused to allow him to discuss the validity of the Oct. 5 meeting and whether the minutes were accurate.
He reminded the DPP that a legislative majority does not give it the right to disregard procedural justice, challenging President and DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) to publicly answer concerns over her promised parliamentary reforms.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel