Newspaper article China Post

CLA Minister's Resignation Approved, Deputy to Be Successor

Newspaper article China Post

CLA Minister's Resignation Approved, Deputy to Be Successor

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Premier Sean Chen yesterday approved Labor Minister Wang Ju-hsuan's resignation, and named her deputy as the successor.

Chen told the press following a question-and-answer session at the Legislature that he had approved the resignation at noon, and had reported the situation to President Ma Ying-jeou.

He praised Wang for her devoted service and achievements during her four-plus years of leadership at the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA).

Chen described Deputy Labor Minister Pan Shih-wei as a suitable candidate to succeed Wang under such circumstances.

Cabinet spokesman Hu Yu-wei later disclosed that Pan has been named labor minister and the premier will ask President Ma to finalize the appointment.

Pan, who holds a Ph.D. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, has been vice president of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions' Asia Pacific Regional Organization and is an assistant professor of labor studies at Chinese Culture University.

Wang on Wednesday tendered her resignation after the Cabinet blocked her proposal for an increase in the minimum monthly wage.

Ma and Chen had tried to keep her in office, but she had been determined to leave.

As the Cabinet has decided to freeze the monthly minimum wage until the economy improves, it remains to be seen whether the incoming minister will be as determined as Wang to continue putting foreign labor under minimum wage protection.

Earlier, Pan declined to comment on speculation over the possibility of him succeeding Wang, but urged related government bodies to jointly work out an acceptable solution to the wage issue concerning foreign labor. …

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