Amendment strengthens unions
Lawmakers have passed an amendment to the Labor Union Act that imposes harsher penalties on employers who refuse to allow workers to join a union or participate in union related activities.
The amendment to Article 45 of the act stipulates that those found guilty of committing such infractions will now face a fine of between NT$100,000 and NT$500,000. That's up from the current fines of between NT$30,000-150,000.
The Article lays out penal provisions for violations of the law written in the act that "is enacted in order to promote solidarity of workers, enhance their status and improve their livelihood."
The amended law also states that employers who engage in actions banning employees from joining a union or participating in union related activities will have their name, disciplinary date, violation and penalty listed in a public announcement.
The amendment was proposed by lawmakers earlier this year, who argued that current fines are ineffective in preventing employers from engaging in improper labour practices.