Roy Ngerng

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Roy Ngerng (鄞義林) writes on social issues and equality. He was named a Human Rights Defender by the United Nations and believes that human rights and social justice will enable fairer, happier, and more compassionate societies.

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2022/09/21 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economic Slowdown (Part 2): Taiwan’s High Profit Margins Mask Its Slow Economic Growth

Taiwan’s high profits are eating into labor’s share of the economic pie — and hampering growth.

2022/09/07 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economic Slowdown (Part 1): Taiwan’s Wages Are Growing Too Slowly to Allow Profits Grow

Taiwan’s issue isn’t that consumer prices are growing too quickly. It’s that wages are growing too slowly.

2022/08/24 | Roy Ngerng

What Singapore’s 377A Repeal Is About: Entrenching the PAP’s Conservative Rule

Behind the facade of an advance for the LGBT community in Singapore is an attempt to shore up both a homophobic agenda and the ruling People’s Action Party’s rule.

2022/07/19 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Lost Growth (Part 3): Taiwan’s Economy and Profits Have Stagnated Because Wages Have Not Recovered from the 1997 Crisis

The 1997 Asian financial crisis is a distant memory to most countries. But Taiwan hasn’t fully recovered from it because wages have been kept low.

2022/06/17 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Lost Growth (Part 2): How Stagnant Wages are Throttling the Economy

Taiwan has one of the lowest GDP growths since 1995 among emerging economies. This is not going to change if wages don’t grow.

2022/02/17 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Adequate for Its Cost of Living

Taiwan’s low minimum wage has contributed to half of workers earning less than what they need to have a basic standard of living.

2022/02/11 | Roy Ngerng

Lithuania’s Minimum Wage Is More Adequate for Its Cost of Living Than Taiwan’s

Though lower in nominal terms, Lithuania’s minimum wage is more adequate for its cost of living than Taiwan’s, and catching up fast.

2022/02/09 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage is One of the Lowest In Its League

Taiwan is a wealthy country. Its recently instituted minimum wage hike does not compare favorably with its international counterparts.

2022/01/13 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Businesses Are Increasing Prices To Earn Higher Profits

Average consumers will take a hit, while businesses will continue to earn high profits from the recent price increases.

2021/12/07 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Businesses Can Afford to Contribute More to Social Security

Taiwan’s employers not only pay low wages to workers but also contribute little to the country’s social security. It is one of the lowest among high-income countries as a proportion of the economy.

2021/11/30 | Roy Ngerng

A Higher Minimum Wage Won’t Lead To Higher Unemployment in Taiwan

Despite what you may hear from business interest lobbyists, the historical data shows no clear correlation between a growing minimum wage and a higher unemployment rate.

2021/11/25 | Roy Ngerng

NT$25,250 Is Still Not Enough for a Basic Standard of Living in Taiwan

President Tsai increased the minimum wage by a larger percentage in six years than her predecessors in their full eight-year terms, but this is not good enough.

2021/11/18 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Catching Up With Consumer Prices

Taiwan’s workers need to be aware that it is not the increases in wages that are causing prices to rise. Businesses are increasing prices whether wages increase.

2021/11/10 | Roy Ngerng

Business Groups Are Campaigning Against Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Increase. Don’t Let Them Succeed.

There’s been a campaign waged by business groups against a minimum wage hike in Taiwan. Don’t fall for what they’re saying.