[quote=“R. Daneel Olivaw”]I was under the distinct impression that any sort of “teachers union” would be illegal. Foreign workers are not allowed to organize labor.
I am not aware of the law, this is second-hand information.[/quote]
The law as it stands is that foreign workers are allowed to join labour unions but not to become union officials. It is a key demand of some labour groups that foreign workers should be able to stand for election as union officials. Despite the fact that the law has been as I just stated for many years, the Secretary General of the Labour Rights Association told me that he has never heard of a single instance of a foreign worker joining a Taiwanese labour union. Presumably the main reasons are ignorance of the law and fear of victimisation by employers. In my opinion, Taiwanese labour unions and related organisations must share responsibility because they have not actively tried to recruit migrant workers as members.
About four years ago I set up a web site for foreign-language editors in Taiwan that now has 78 members but next to no activity. I would like to see some kind of organisation arise from this effort and eventually to establish some kind of relationship with the Taiwanese journalists’ union. Anyone who wants to assist me in my efforts - please join the web site and get in touch with me.
I must say that at the moment christopherveal’s putative association looks like wishful thinking but you’ve got to start somewhere - I wish you luck.
What is a “surety agency”?
It sounds like bullshit but you never know…
Taiwan Foreign Language Editors’ Corner 台灣外文編輯小角落
Taiwan International Workers’ Association 台灣國際勞工協會
Labour Rights Association 勞動人權協會
Committee for Action for Labour Legislation 工人立法行動委員會 4F, No. 95, Sec. 1, Hangzhou South Road, Taibei 杭州南路一段95號四樓 Tel: 02-2392-3670 Fax: 02-2351-7580