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Taiwan temporarily banned transfers of migrant workers to other employers

Taiwan has suspended transfers of migrant workers to different employers and took other steps to restrict their movements, after dozens of migrant workers at two electronics companies in Miaoli County came down with COVID-19.

The suspension of transfers, which took effect Saturday, will remain in place until the government lifts the COVID-19 Level 3 alert in its four-tier system, Deputy Labor Minister Wang An-pang said at a Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) press briefing.

The new policy, however, does not apply to migrant workers who have faced different forms of abuse, such as rape, violence, or trafficking, at their workplace and need to change employers, Wang said.

Employers will also not be allowed to transfer migrant workers from one factory to another during this period, Wang said.

The Ministry of Labor (MOL) has updated its guidelines aimed at reinforcing disease controls at factories and dormitories where migrant workers spend most of their time, following outbreaks at two electronics companies in factory-intensive Zhunan Township.

-Central News Agency


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