labor rights


Apple Announces ‘Human Rights Policy’ Following Criticism

Voice of America

The tech giant’s policy prohibits harassment and abuse and specifies a 60-hour maximum workweek, as well as at least one day off per week.


US Set To Block Imports From China Over Forced Labor

Deutsche Welle

Washington has cited forced labor in western Xinjiang autonomous region as grounds to ban Chinese cotton and tomatoes. The measures would hit a wide array of industries and could have far-reaching consequences for U.S. retailers.


TPP: Lai Hsiang-ling, Taipei's Labor Director, Hopes to Push for Progressive Bills

Nicole Lee

The News Lens interviewed Lai Hsiang-ling (賴香伶), the top party list candidate for Taiwan People's Party. She's a longtime labor rights activist since the 1990s and she has been heading Taipei's Department of Labor since 2014. What does she hope to achieve in the legislature if she's elected?


INTERVIEW: Taiwan Labor Film Festival Screens Stories of Struggle and Solidarity

New Bloom

A chat with Catta Chou, curator of the 2018 Taiwan International Labor Film Festival – which is now underway in Taipei.


New Board Game Lets Children Unmask Taiwan's Migrant Worker Woes

1095 Culture Studio

A new board game allows students to experience the difficult life choices and hardships of Taiwan’s migrant workers.


Taiwan's Latest Emergency Services Salary Switcharoo

TNL Staff

Junior cops are getting promised a raise of a whopping NT$1,370 per month, but two-thirds won't see it. Firefighters are also getting hosed.


Taiwan Labor Ministry's Brokerage Evaluation Sparks Concern

Nick Aspinwall

The labor agency's yearly assessment of migrant worker broker firms is underway, but a recent protest has renewed sentiments that the brokerage system is unethical by design.

蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan’s ‘Grim Truth’: Vicious Low Wage, Low Productivity Cycle Crippling Workers and Companies

Roy Ngerng

As Taiwanese businesses are unwilling to increase wages for the want to hold onto their profits, they are also complicit in causing themselves to lose demand, and therefore their business sustainability. The government needs to act.


Murky Waters: Stop Blaming China for the State of the World’s Fishing Stocks

Siddharth Chakravarty

China might be the biggest player in global fishing, but Western countries are also in deep water when it comes to industry rights abuses and environmental damage, Siddharth Chakravarty writes.

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