Thousands of Filipinos based in Taiwan working as caregivers and household workers are not included among those who will receive wage hikes.
Taiwan imposed increase in wage of NTD735 (P1,072.77) to workers who belong in industries such as manufacturing, electronics parts and components, fabricated metals, machinery and equipment, as well as those employed in nursing institutions. There are 94,000 Filipino workers who belong to these sectors, entitling them to the wage hike.
According to Philippine Labor Representative to Taipei Llewelyn Perez, there are “around 25,348 Filipino caretakers and household services workers in Taiwan as of May 2015,” in a report to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
“I have instructed our Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) in Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Taipei to monitor the implementation of the new wage rate,” said DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
The Taiwanese government this month approved the minimum wage from NTD19,273 to NTD20,008 after consultations made last year by the Ministry of Labor (MOL) with members of the public, academic and private sectors as well as labor rights and business groups. According to Perez, rising consumer prices prompted the wage hike.