The number of people on unpaid leave in the manufacturing industry continues to hit a record high. The Ministry of Labor has not ruled out that in the next 1 or 2 periods, it may exceed the number of people in the support service industry (photo by reporter Li Lianghui)
[Reporter Li Lianghui/Taipei Report] Affected by the economic downturn and shrinking orders, the number of people in the manufacturing industry implementing reduced shifts (commonly known as unpaid leave) reached a new high of 6,266. It is a large number, almost not far from the 6,769 people in the support service industry (travel agencies) affected by the epidemic. The possibility that the number of people in the manufacturing industry will "surpass" travel agencies next month cannot be ruled out.
The Ministry of Labor announced today (16) the statistics on the implementation of work reduction and rest through consultations between employers and employees affected by the economic downturn. There are 2,315 public institutions with 16,495 employees.
Compared with the previous period (February 8), the number of households increased by 65 this time, and the number of people increased by 1403.
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Huang Weichen, director of the Department of Labor Conditions and Employment Equality of the Ministry of Labor, pointed out that among the 1,403 people who increased this time, nearly 90% were concentrated in the manufacturing industry. The number of people in the manufacturing industry in the previous period was only 5,024. The metal electromechanical industry and component industry related to "tool machine" have more than half of the 750 people. In addition, the hardest hit area is the "information electronics industry". Many people have implemented it. Although some businesses have implemented unpaid leave in the past, due to the recent instability of orders, after consultation with employees, they still implement reduced work hours by reducing their working hours by 4 days per month.
Compared with the support service industry (travel agency) which was most affected by the epidemic before, the support service industry in this period has 6,769 employees, which is only a small increase of 78 from the previous period, while the number of people in the manufacturing industry who implemented reduced shifts and rest increased by 1,242, worsening The situation is remarkable.
Huang Weichen said frankly that if the number of employees in the manufacturing industry continues to increase, it is not ruled out that after the next 1 or 2 periods, the "reversal" will exceed the number of employees in the support service industry. The manufacturing industry does "need more attention."
Since the number of people taking unpaid leave in the manufacturing industry has continued to increase since last year, the Ministry of Labor has continued to truthfully report the current operating conditions of relevant businesses in each period to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs will provide assistance.
Huang Weichen emphasized that the Ministry of Labor continues to provide assistance with various relief programs for workers who have suffered from shift reduction and rest, including the "Recharge and Start Training Program", "Employment Program with Peace of Mind", and "Work with Peace of Mind Program". Take advantage of it.
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