Lunar New Year’s Eve trains on time despite union protests: TRA

Taipei--All of the Taiwan Railways Administration's (TRA) trains ran on schedule on Lunar New Year's Eve despite a temporary shortfall in manpower caused by protests by rail union members, the TRA said Saturday.

Instead of going to work on Friday, hundreds of railway workers attended a protest initiated by the Taiwan Railway Union, which is comprised mostly of train station staff, to bash the TRA for forcing employees to work overtime during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The protesters argued that they had the right to have a holiday break just like everybody else and should not be forced to work overtime against their will.

The demonstration occurred at the busiest time of the year for the nation's transportation systems, when most people return home for the holiday, and nearly 200 people failed to report to work on Friday, the TRA said.

But despite the setback, the TRA still managed to transport a total of 506,342 passengers on Friday, the day before the start of the Year of the Rooster.

The TRA issued a statement Saturday morning saying that it will discipline those workers who took leave without permission while also commending those who chose to remain on the job and fulfill the TRA's mission, which is to serve the public.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel