Penghu County offers red envelope to injured migrant worker

The government hopes people from all walks of life will give a helping hand to the migrant workers who are working hard for the best of Taiwan.(photo courtesy/Social Affairs Department of Penghu County)

Heri Irwanto, an Indonesian migrant worker who went to Penghu County to work as a fisherman in February, accidentally crushed his left ring finger during a cage loading and unloading operation on July 28.

After the incident, a marine patrol officer helped to clean the wound and measure his temperature, before sending him to the hospital. 

Unfortunately, doctors were unable to reattach his finger. After undergoing surgery, he was taken care of by his manpower agency and discharged from the hospital on Aug. 6, with regular check-ups still required for reeducation.

Foreign labor inspectors from the Social Affairs Department of Penghu County visited the fisherman, after evaluating his situation and understanding his incapability of working due to the loss of his finger, they decided to apply for a red envelope for him from the Workforce Development Agency.

On the day of his discharge, Director of the Social Welfare Department Mr. Chen and Chief of the Labor Administration Section Mr. Wu went to the hospital to pay a visit and gave out NT$2,000.

The county government’s Social Affairs Department said that migrant workers who leave their hometowns to work in Taiwan are often in a disadvantaged position due to factors such as language, social status and financial ability. 

The local government hopes that employers, organizations and people from all walks of life will give a helping hand to the migrant workers who are working hard for the best of Taiwan.