In the May 1 edition of the “Taipei Times” on page 2, a CNA report said that President Chen, when asked about “the issue of foreign workers” (whatever that means), responded by saying that “the priority must be to take care of domestic workers.”
In one instant he completely sidestepped the entire issue.
He went on to say, “Although the number of foreign laborers cannot be reduced to zero immediately,” (implying what Chen would really like) “it has steadily decreased over the years.” (Implying that the government can avoid “the issue,” whatever that means.)
To sum up, Chen doesn’t really give a shit about foreign workers, whoever they are, and he thinks that they are slowly going away. Here’s a man that really knows how to bury his head in the sand.
I ask: As Tawanese continue to become more prosperous, are they slowly going to get rid of their domestic helpers, construction workers, etc? I think not.
In addition, many foreign white-collar workers are considered by the government to be under Taiwan’s Labor Standards Law, not to mention various other xenophobic government agencies.
President Chen is our enemy and he has just declared war on foreign workers. He basicly considers all of you foreign workers in Taiwan an “issue that is just going to slowly go away.”
Unless the foreign workers form a union here in Taiwan, their rights will continue to be trampled on.
For example: All foreign workers pay tax here, but almost none of them will ever receive a pension payment from the government for one very simple reason – they’re foreigners and they will all slowly go away.