Labor are the foundation of social and economic development of any
country. With the challenge of globalized economy and accelerated industry
upgrade and corporate globalization, the government has to shoulder the
responsibilities of providing high-quality labor force, strengthening
national economic competitiveness, responding to changes in employer-employee
relations, securing labor welfare, and sharing outcome of economic development
with workers.With the increased average life span of Taiwan population,
aging society and fewer children have become the inevitable trends. It
is thus important to cover the topics of taking care of retirement life
of workers, maintaining sufficient labor force supply in the labor policies.
Equity, Humanity, Security, and Dignity are the four core principles
for the Council of Labor Affairs.
Equity means that all labor have the same oppoutunities
for self-realization through earning income from work. Discrimination
in gender, race, age, disability should be eliminated in the workplace.
Unbalanced relations between employers and employees should be balanced.
Dialogues between employers and employees should be facilitated. At the
same time, the less privileged should be offered with chances for further
Humanity means creating a workplace that is
with human touch and friendly, self-developing through work, achieving
labor's work life balance, and satisfying labor's needs in different perspectives.
Security means securing the employment safety
as well as health and safety in the workplace, offering safety net to
workers and their family, preventing career and social risks, providing
workers with predictable and secure benefits, and promoting social harmony.
Dignity means securing labor rights, respecting
the fact that labor are both subjects and objects of labor policies and
contributors to economic development, providing workers with communication
channels, facilitating dialogues between workers and the public, and enhancing
the dignity of labor. These four principles are at the core of the Council
of Labor Affairs. They compliment each other and are the objectives and
visions of labor policies of Taiwan.
At present, the focus of the labor policies is to promote labor rights,
labor security, work quality, and life quality, and through progressive
labor market policy and activated market to enhance labor capability and
labor participation rate; assist the less privileged to actively participate
in the job market and protect their work rights through integrated measures
in the society; meanwhile, effectively follow the trends and demands of
the job market to strengthen the capability of the labor force so as to
provide the needed high-quality workers for enterprises.
At this phase, the Council's visions are to create an equal, dignified,
secure and humane work environment in Taiwan from the perspectives of
labor's career development.