Taichung Air Catering Services Company Limited, sanctioned in February by Taichung City Government for failing to pay wages, is again under investigation for defaulting on payments to employees. Of those affected, many are Vietnamese migrant workers.
China Daily News reports that, on August 21, the city’s Labor Affairs Bureau conducted an onsite investigation after receiving complaints from workers regarding delayed wages.
On February 15, 2017, the caterer was convicted of violating Taiwan’s Labor Standards Act after the Labor Affairs Bureau found it had not paid employees on time on several occasions.
According to the China Times, as many as 20 Vietnamese migrant workers had reported they were worried about their monthly wages not being paid for August as the company had been making payments irregularly since May.
A Vietnamese worker told a reporter that he should have received NT$40,000 (US$1,330) between May and August; however, the company only paid him two payments of NT$25,000 and NT$15,000. The outstanding NT$10,000 had been scheduled for payment on August 15 but he had yet to receive it.
Media reported on Monday that a total of 70 late payment claims had so far been filed by local and foreign workers against the company. The city’s Labor Affairs Bureau said it would continue to liaise with and provide assistance to workers affected.
Taichung Air Catering could be fined anywhere between NT$20,000 and NT$1 million (US$665 to US$33,254) by the government for repeated violations of the Labor Standards Act.