Filipino workers in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan, file class-action lawsuit against labor agents
A group of more than 200 Filipino workers have filed a class-action lawsuit with prosecutors, alleging exploitation by their labor brokers, an official from the Philippines Department of Justice said yesterday.
The workers, hired at Hsinchu Science Park, took the step late last year following months of not receiving their wages, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Their wages were allegedly withheld to pay off high-interest loans that were owed to their labor brokers, the official said, without giving further details.
To secure employment in Taiwan, a Filipino needs to spend 100,000 pesos (US$2,340) on average, said Amadeo Perez Jr, chairman and chief executive of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, which is the Philippines’ de facto embassy in Taiwan.
Many people who cannot afford these expenses turn to their brokers for loans, he said.
Meanwhile, a first round of inspections into companies that contract out temporary workers found widespread violations, with half of them breaches of the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), the Council of Labor Affairs said yesterday.
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