The New York Times, 2021-6-18
some foreign tech workers are confined
indoors to tackle an outbreak;
Activists say that the measures discriminate against migrant laborers.
Some workers expressed concern that the conditions in the cramped
dormitories, ... at quarantine centers. In some of those facilities,
activists say that workers were served spoiled food or had no running
water. Migrant-labor advocates have criticized the Miaoli government for
provoking further fear and stigmatization of foreign workers.
Financial Times (UK), 2021-6-22:
Taiwan accused of locking up migrant
“It has now become extremely common for
employers to lock their migrant workers up... ”Electronics groups including
Japan’s Canon and Innolux, an affiliate of Apple supplier Foxconn, have been
accused of locking up migrant workers in Taiwan as an outbreak of Covid-19 hits
the country ... A survey found that 60 per cent of migrant workers are
forbidden from going out in their free time, ... “Discrimination of migrant
workers in Taiwan is systemic, but the pandemic has made it a lot worse,”...
even warned them against chatting. No central government official has spoken up
against the restrictions on foreign workers. Some employers are resorting to
scare tactics (your family will not even be able to see your body, etc).
The Guardian (UK), 2021-5-16
... the district of Wanhua,
where a cluster of at least 100 CovID-19 cases so far has centred on hosted bars and
teahouses connected to the sex work industry.
laborers from Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, entered Taiwan by the
name of care-taker but actually illegally worked in these porn parlors in
Taipei's Wanhua district, now many have escaped to their 'boss' places in middle
Taiwan to avoid corona-virus test,
which is a very serious situation,
according Next TV news,
Formosa TV, 2021-5-18, etc.
Brookings, 2021-6-25, brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/06/25/taiwans-vitality/
: the harsh lockdowns in crowded dormitories of mostly Southeast Asian
workers at some technology manufacturing companies have underscored the
discrimination that has long been present in Taiwan against peoples of certain
nationalities, especially when coupled with low socioeconomic status. The
temporary stay granted to these workers, as well as those who work in elder care
and other critical jobs, is rarely a permanent welcome.
Equal Times org., 2021-7-30 (equaltimes.org/taiwan-s-foreign-factory-workers?lang=en#.YQSC6i7iu70)
brief : Taiwan’s foreign
factory workers face rights violations amid latest Covid outbreak.
“We feel like prisoners. It’s like the company controls every aspect of our
lives !" The company confined migrant workers at its Miaoli
plant to their dormitories when off duty and imposed epidemiologically
questionable quarantine methods. a worker at KYEC, says she was put into
quarantine in early June in a room where co-workers infected with Covid-19 had
stayed right before she and her other colleagues moved in. “The rooms were
dirty and not properly disinfected"...when workers need help with improving
their living conditions or defending their rights at work, the brokers are often
absent. “It is a real system of control. Even though the government
denies targeting lockdown measures towards migrant workers, it did not stop the
authorities and companies that did from doing so.
Business Insider, 2021-5-20:
double standards and stigma still found their way. Notably, in late 2020, a
migrant worker from the Philippines was fined
100,000 Taiwan dollars ($3,500) for breaking the mandatory 14-day quarantine
for just eight seconds, whereas four visiting DJs were each fined
just NT$10,000 ($350) for leaving quarantine to dine and rehearse together.