Members of nearly 60 youth groups took to the streets of Taipei Sunday to protest against a controversial bill related to the five-day work week.
Protesters from 59 civic groups, among which were labor unions, student associations, dissident social groups and organizations of young people, marched from the Legislative Yuan to the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), blasting the DPP-led government for reducing the number of national holidays to which workers are entitled by seven days.
In front of the DPP headquarters, the activists staged a street skit depicting how young workers are losing their health due to a plot jointly orchestrated by the DPP and employers to cut the number of national holidays and prolong work hours.
A DPP-dominated committee pushed through an amendment to the Labor Standards Act Oct. 5 after a review process that took all of 60 seconds, a move that angered labor groups.
Under the amendment, the number of national holidays will not be kept at 19, as the DPP government had promised, instead reducing them to 12 -- the number used for civil servants and many service businesses or factories already on a five-day work week.
In response to the protest, DPP spokesman Yang Chia-liang (???) reiterated that it is the party's consistent stance to carry out the five-day work week policy and make the number of national holidays consistent across the board.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel