Over 70 Percent of Taiwan Employees Worry About Unpaid Leave

Over 70 Percent of Taiwan Employees Worry About Unpaid Leave
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Spokesman of Yes123, Yang Zong-bin, says that the situation of unpaid leave should be observed until the first half of next year and the situation of the export-oriented high-tech industry and traditional manufacturing should be the main focus. Yang points out, if the workers really have to take unpaid leaves, they should start to observe if the industry has a long-term crisis and think about their next step.

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Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. is asking 3,000 employees to take unpaid leaves, which may cause a chain reaction and is worrying labor. Yes123, a job search website, released a survey indicating 30% of workers say that they have taken unpaid leaves before and 66% of the workers say that the unpaid leave would cause economic pressure.

CNA reports, the survey conducted by Yes123 reveals that 16.9% of the companies are considering implementing the unpaid leave policy. In addition, up to 63% of the companies think that more enterprises will be carrying out the policy in the future.

The survey also shows that 51.8% of the companies think that the unpaid leave will become a norm in the industries. If the performance of companies decline, in order to control the personnel cost, companies will offer unpaid leaves (44%), cut employee bonuses (38.3%), downsize (36.9%), cut benefits (28.4%), cut salaries (17%) and give the golden handshake (12.8%).

Apple Daily reports, the survey reveals that 30% of the workers have taken unpaid leave and 66% of them have economic pressure while 77% of them feel mental pressure. The survey shows that up to 72% of the workers worry that they have to take unpaid leave before the Chinese New Year. If needed, 40% of them agree to take the unpaid leaves and go through difficulties with their companies.

Storm Media reports, after a two-month unpaid leave, Ida, a 36-year-old employee in the plastic industry, was laid off. Ida says that the problem of unpaid leave is serious. Most of her friends are bearing the brunt and some of her friends have just quit their jobs. It seems that it is the companies’ strategy to reduce the severance pay.

ETtoday reports, spokesman of Yes123, Yang Zong-bin, says that the situation of unpaid leave should be observed until the first half of next year and the situation of the export-oriented high-tech industry and traditional manufacturing should be the main focus. Yang points out, if the workers really have to take unpaid leaves, they should start to observe if the industry has a long-term crisis and think about their next step.

Translated by Wen-yee Lee
Edited by Olivia Yang

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