Taiwan – An investigation was being launched by the Taiwanese labor authorities because of an alleged forced deportation of a Filipino worker.
According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) promised a full investigation into the case of the Filipino identified only as “Edward”.
CNA quoted council official Su Yu-kuo saying, “The council will probe the case of ‘Edward,’ and he will be given the option to switch to a new employer if he meets certain requirements.”
Taiwan International Workers Association asserted that the council’s airport staff and the local government failed to protect foreign workers.
It passes on to the forced deportation of Edward before a salary dispute was resolved.
Edward had a 2-year contract ending Nov. 16, 2013 according to the association.
However, the latter said he was forced to board a flight home Oct. 30 by someone representing his employer and police at the Kaohsiung International Airport.
Under current regulations, migrant workers who terminate their work contracts can choose whether to switch to a new employer or leave, according to the association.
According to Susan Chen, the association’s secretary-general, Edward had stated a dispute with his employer over overtime pay to the council but was told in late October that he was to be deported.
Susan Chen stated that local government workers claimed Edward and his employer had resolved their dispute and decided that he would to leave, but she said Edward refused to sign an agreement regarding this.
Ms. Chen added that the council’s airport service that handles foreign workers’ complaints related to their departure did not work the way it should have before Edward was sent home.
On the otherhand, CNA quoted Lin Chun-chieh, a section chief at the Chiayi County Social Affairs Bureau responsible for the Filipino worker’s case, as saying getting foreign workers to sign agreements to be deported is not a required procedure.
Mr. Bruce Liao, an associate professor of law at National Chengchi University, stated that an employer’s decision to let go of a migrant worker does not mean the worker has to leave Taiwan.