New labor minister vows to fulfill labor law, protect workers’ rights

Taipei, Newly appointed Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun (???) said Monday upon assuming her new position that she will fully implement the labor law and work to protect the rights of workers rather than acting as a rubber stamp of the government.

Hsu, a former Kaohsiung deputy mayor, took over the position in a handover ceremony from her predecessor Lin Mei-chu (???), who tendered her resignation for health reasons.

The ceremony was witnessed by Minister Without Portfolio Lin Wan-i (???) in the wake of a partial Cabinet reshuffle announced Feb. 23.

"The handover means the beginning of the hard work," Hsu said at the ceremony, adding that the ministry will embark on labor inspections in March.

The latest amendments to the Labor Standards Act mandate that the "one fixed day off and one flexible rest day" per week policy will take effect March 1, Hsu noted, adding that there will be no honeymoon period after the handover ceremony because the ministry will have to start labor inspections from the beginning of next month.

Hsu also said she will honor her promise to strive for workers' rights by fulfilling her responsibilities as a supervisor.

The new minister also said she will count on the help of deputy labor ministers Su Li-chiung (???), Shih Keh-her (???) and Lin San-quei (???), as well as Ministry of Labor Secretary-General Chen Ming-jen (???).

Hsu also said she has recruited Cheng Su-ling (???), director of the Kaohsiung Labor Department, as head of the Labor Minister's office.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel