Labor is the foundation of social and economic development of any country.With the challenges posed by an increasiingly globalized economy, accelerated industry upgrading and corporate globalization, the government must shoulder the responsibilities of providing a high-quality labor force, strengthening national economic competitiveness, responding to changes in mployer-employee relations, securing labor welfare, and sharing the fruits of economic development with workers. With the increased average life span of Taiwan population, aging society and fewer children are becoming inevitable trends. It is thus important to cover topics such as preparing for the retirement life of workers and maintaining a sufficient supply of labor through labor policies.
Equity, Humanity, Security, and Dignity are the four core principles for the Council of Labor Affairs.
Equity means that all laborers have the same opportunities for
self-realization through earning income from work. Discrimination by gender, race, age or 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 chances for further career development.
Humanity means creating a workplace that is human and friendly, offers self-development through work, helps labor to achieve a balance between work and life, and satisfies labor's needs from a number of different perspectives.
Security means securing employment security as well as health and safety in the workplace, offering safety net s to workers and their famil ies, preventing career and social risks, providing workers with predictable and secure benef its, 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 operations of the Council of Labor Affairs. They omplement each other and are the objectives and visions of
labor policies of Taiwan.
At present, the focus of labor policies is to promote labor rights, labor security, work quality and life quality, and to use progressive labor market policy and active market manipulation to enhance labor capability and labor participation rates; and to assist the less privileged to actively participate in the job market and protect their work rights through integrated measures in the society. At the same time, effectively follow the trends and demands of the job market to strengthen the capability of the labor force and provide high-quality
workers needed by enterprises.
At this phase, the Council's visions are to create an equal, dignified, secure and humane work environment in Taiwan from the perspective of career development for laborers.