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So far this year, devastated workers have hit new highs

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) The number of workers in Taiwan’s official fur program, the outbreak of domestic COVID-19 in the accommodation and food / beverage industry, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) said on Friday.

According to data compiled by MOL, the number of unpaid leave workers from June 24th to 30th increased to 22,179, an increase of 1,340 from the previous report released on June 24th.

According to the data, the number of companies implementing the full-rough program also increased by 115 from the previous week to 3,027.

Huang Wei-chen, director of the MOL Labor Standards and Equal Employment Department, told reporters that this week’s increase in workers was primarily due to the accommodation and food / beverage industry and to COVID-19 infection. Concerns rose as they discouraged consumers from traveling and eating on-site.

Accommodation, food / beverage industry

According to MOL, the number of workers in the accommodation and food / beverage industry who took unpaid leave increased from 5,589 to 6,547 during the week, and the number of employers who undertook the full-rough program also increased from 387. It increased to 432 people.

The industry reported that hotels in southern Taiwan lost more than 100 workers a week, and restaurant chains reported that one of the stores in northern Taiwan left more than 100 workers unpaid.

Mr. Huang said the situation in the accommodation, food and beverage industry is expected to improve from that time as the government launches a subsidy system for domestic travel in mid-July.

Other sectors

According to MOL data, the pandemic has also hit retailers and wholesalers, with the number of workers increasing from 1,513 per week to 1,661.

According to Huang, a spectacle retailer reported that he took an additional 40 employees last week after taking 100 unpaid leave between June 16th and 23rd.

In the transportation and warehousing industry, a small tour bus company reported last week that it had a full-rough program, but did not disclose the number of employees affected, Huang said.

As a result, the number of unpaid leave workers has increased from 1,263 to 1,313 in the transportation and warehousing industry, MOL said.

Outlook

As border control continues in Taiwan, the number of workers in the support services industry, which consists primarily of travel agencies, has also increased from 9,365 last week to 9,420, MOL added.

The MOL updates worker data on the 1st, 8th, 16th and 24th of each month to report the number of unpaid leave for companies that have registered a worker program with the ministry.

Most companies that run full-rough programs are small businesses with less than 50 employees.

According to MOL, unpaid leave programs typically last less than three months, with employees taking five to eight days of unpaid leave a month.

https://focustaiwan.tw/business/202207010010 So far this year, devastated workers have hit new highs

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