Protecting the rights and interests of working youths:Taipei City Government takes the initiative to reach out the eight campus business areas
The summer vacation is approaching. This is a peak period when students are seeking part-time jobs. To create a safe work environment and to avoid being cheated when job hunting, Taipei City Government convened a press conference on protecting the rights and interests of young workers in the morning of May 9, 2017, making announcements of strengthening the working conditions at eight campus business areas and conducting workplace safety inspections from May to August, while advocating fraud prevention in job seeking on campus, and publishing the Moves for Victory in Work in the dedicated zone on the Website of the Department of Labor.Taipei City Government’s Vice Mayor Chin-jun Chen said at the press conference that for graduates to enter the work period, while avoiding young students getting hurt during the work period due to lack of understanding labor rights or workplace safety, or being cheated in job hunting, the Department of Labor has launched a program for protecting the rights and interests of working youths; the inspections on working conditions and workplace safety in eight campus business areas will be conducted during the summer vacation, hoping to create a safe working environment while actively promoting the prevention of students being cheated in job hunting at senior high schools, vocational schools, and colleges and universities. Cases will be introduced through dramas; case analyses and an award-winning quiz will be conducted to deepen students’ impression to improve youth students’ labor consciousness against traps on the job market and to avoid from being cheated at work. Relevant information on “Moves for Victory in Work” will be synchronously publicized in the dedicated zone of protecting the rights and interests of working youths on the Website of the Department of Labor, so that the youths can quickly obtain such information.The Department of Labor Chief Hsiang-ling Lai said that labor inspections have been conducted in 39 campus business areas of National Chengchi University. It was found that the stores mainly violated Article 39 of the Labor Standards Act; among which, most cases were about “Part-time workers get paid for work on national holidays according to daily wages on ordinary days, instead of double wages”. It showed that employers have little knowledge that the Labor Standards Act applies to part-time workers as well. Chief Lai stresses that the new system of “one mandatory day off & one flexible rest day” also applies to part-time workers. A worker who has worked continually at the same employer’s place or business entity for six months or more but less than one year can have three days of annual paid leaves, and such provisions also applies to students who mostly work part time.The Department of Labor Section Chief Jia-hong Liu said that, to avoid that young students getting hurt during the work period due to not understanding labor rights or workplace safety, or being cheated in finding jobs, The Department of Labor has started from today to inspect working conditions and workplace safety in eight campus business areas, with the emphasis on eight types of stores, including beverage stores, hoping to create a safe working environment, while the labor rights and interests of students working part time, such as working hours, special leaves, labor and health insurance, remain the same as for full-time employees, without compromise.