[quote="[url=http://tw.forumosa.com/t/is-the-blacklist-real/1236/88 in another thread,[/url]"]Once again, the need for a international resident’s group that would deal with issues such as :
Access to credit and bank accounts (see discussions over in money and banking)
Arbitrary interpretations of period of residence needed for permanent residence.
The Buxiban owners have obviously succesfully lobbied the CLA to set up this black list. Are otherwhire collar foreign empoyees blacklisted? What law gives the CLA the power to create such a list.
If we had such a group representing the interests of international communty members, the first step would be to visit the CLA and find out why they have set up the list and express our concerns. Later steps might include contacting the media, human rights, and labor groups. And if necessary, it might also be possible to file an administrative appeal.[/quote]
I’ve been thinking about this idea for a long time. I think an International Residents Association is an idea whose time is long overdue. I think it could be supported by Forumosa, but ultimately I’d like it to be fairly independent. Right now I see the various chambers having to take very cautious steps, because they always have their own countries’ agendas to think of. A Forumosan International Residents’ Association need be beholden to no one. I’d also like it to be taken seriously. We’d need a charter, and a fairly clear mandate. I don’t think we need to tilt at every windmill on the landscape - let’s tackle some simple issues first, and see if we can win some small victories. If we meet with any success, we can become more ambitious. Comments?