More than 80% of workers are gloomy about 2012: job bank

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–Over 80 percent of Taiwan’s workers are pessimistic about the economy next year, a local online job bank said yesterday. The yes123 job bank said results of its recent survey show that 82.7 percent of the respondents have a gloomy outlook for next year, expecting unemployment to rise and more workers to go on unpaid leave. Most of the surveyed workers complain about insufficient protection of their rights, yes123 said.

A total of 64 percent of the respondents even gave a low grade of under 50 (out of 100) for their labor rights conditions, the online job bank said. They said they would not dare to protest if their employers asked them to take unpaid leave, according to yes123. Chen Hsiao-mei, yes123’s public relations director, said unpaid leave is supposed to be a compromise between labor and management who may otherwise have to lay off its workers. But employees should defend their rights by reporting to the labor authorities if their employers force them to go on unpaid leave without legitimate reasons, Chen was cited by the Central News Agency as saying. The online survey was conducted on Nov. 10-11, yes123 said.