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Tsai administration wants to raise Taiwan's minimum wage every year

President Tsai-Ing wen said her government hopes to continue raising the minimum wage every year because it has become one of its central policies.

Tsai has a plan in place to raise the minimum wage every year and is determined to overcome every obstacle to carry out the goal.

Tsai's government has increased the minimum wage six years in a row.

The hourly minimum wage went up about 80 percent from 2007 to 2016, compared to about 40 percent under Tsai.

In the latest hike decided last year, the government raised the minimum monthly wage by 5.21 percent, or NT$1,250 (US$42.52), to NT$25,250, and the minimum hourly wage from NT$160 to NT$168, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Tsai said the government has continued to care for workers even as Taiwan's domestic economy has been affected by COVID-19, including by providing subsidies to employers that have led to higher wages and more training for workers to improve their skills.

Since 2020, Tsai said, the government has provided more than NT$117 billion in relief aid to benefit about 5.92 million workers and 75,000 companies in need.


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