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NPP urges Cabinet again to talk labor law amendments

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The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday reiterated its doubts over draft labor law amendments, saying there is no need to revise the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), which has raised the average salary and lowered total working hours without affecting the nation’s competitiveness.

Following the implementation of the “one fixed day off and one flexible rest day” workweek law in December last year, the average salary has increased and total working hours have been reduced without affecting business competitiveness, NPP Legislator Kawlo Iyun Pacidal said.

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Protest highlights labor rights, land expropriation

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Labor rights campaigners demonstrate outside the Presidential Office Building on Taipei’s Ketagalan Boulevard yesterday, as part of the annual Autumn Struggle protest.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The Autumn Struggle (秋鬥), an annual protest organized by labor rights advocates, yesterday rallied 61 groups as they marched down Taipei’s Ketagalan Boulevard and shouted their disappointment with the politics of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.

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Referendum hunger strike begins

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Members of the People Rule Foundation launch a relay hunger strike at the park in front of the Democratic Progressive Party’s headquarters in Taipei yesterday to demand that the government amend the Referendum Act.
Photo: CNA

Members of the People Rule Foundation yesterday began a hunger strike outside the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) headquarters in Taipei, urging the DPP caucus to swiftly pass draft amendments to the Referendum Act (公民投票法), a move they say is crucial for the nation to attain direct democracy.

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Advocates ask Trump to raise Lee case with Xi

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A woman kisses a yellow ribbon during a media event in Taipei yesterday in support of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che.
Photo: AP / Chiang Ying-ying

Taiwanese human rights advocates yesterday called on US President Donald Trump to use his visit to Beijing this week to ask for the release of detained democracy advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲).

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Hundreds help mark Su Beng’s 100th birthday

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Taiwanese independence pioneer Su Beng, left, speaks after President Tsai Ing-wen read a birthday card she wrote to him at a celebration of his 100th birthday on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Hundreds of people yesterday joined an early celebration in Taipei for Taiwanese independence pioneer Su Beng’s (史明) 100th birthday, while Su urged President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to ensure that Taiwanese could become the master of their own nation.

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Legal expert urges investigation of Ma

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Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan talks to reporters at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday before reporting to a task force reviewing procurement of minesweepers from Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co.
Photo: CNA

A legal expert yesterday demanded that the judiciary fully investigate alleged influence peddling, financial improprieties and profiteering by former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in connection with the Taipei Dome project and a Ministry of National Defense initiative to domestically produce warships.

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Senate reminds Trump of vital Taiwan-US ties

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Thirty-eight US Senators in a letter on Tuesday urged US President Donald Trump to be mindful of Washington’s vital partnership with Taipei in his upcoming trip to China and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).

The letter, spearheaded by Senate Taiwan Caucus chairs James Inhofe and Robert Menendez, was signed by 38 US senators across party lines, which is more than one-third of the 100 senate seats.

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Newsflash

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday issued an online statement urging President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to step down and take responsibility for his poor governance and autocratic actions regarding the revocation of Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) membership.

She called on members of the public to show their concern about the country’s future by joining a “civic alliance to recall Ma.”