Taiwan and Indonesia to resume talks on migrant workers

12 March, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

Taiwan's Minister of Labour Hsu Ming-chun says officials from Taiwan and Indonesia are scheduled to hold a fresh round of talks later this month in a bid to resolve a dispute over Jakarta's pending policy on placement fees for its migrant workers.

According to Hsu, discussions will follow similar talks held last December, which failed to reach a resolution on Indonesia's new policy that will require Taiwanese employers to pay part of the placement fees for Indonesian migrant workers.

The upcoming meeting will be held virtually, as were December's talks, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Indonesia announced the new policy in July of 2020 and says that it's aimed at easing the financial burden on Indonesian migrant workers.

The planned policy applies to Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong and 10 other destinations and was due to be implemented in January but was later postponed until July.

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