An article in today’s Taipei Times says, “The Council for Labor Affairs’ Department of Labor Standards is currently looking into the possibility of deducting living expenses directly from foreign workers’ monthly salaries.”
The rest of the article is here: http://www.taipeitimes.com/news/2001/06/12/story/0000089657
Right now, Taiwan’s minimum wage is NT$15,840 per month.
Aside from the important issue of how this could essentially reduce foreign workers’ salaries by some one third, allowing employers to charge their housekeepers, nannnies, etc., for room and board seems to have a huge potential for abuse – and this in an area that already has numerous examples of exploitation and abuse of workers.
Other reactions? Comments from employers?