Chaos at Taiwan protest over plan to cut holidays

A protest outside Taiwan's Parliament descended into chaos yesterday as workers angry over a proposed cut to public holidays attacked a lawmaker and threw smoke bombs. Senior Democratic Progressive Party official Ker Chien-ming was shoved, punched an
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A protest outside Taiwan’s Parliament descended into chaos yesterday as workers angry over a proposed cut to public holidays attacked a lawmaker and threw smoke bombs. Senior Democratic Progressive Party official Ker Chien-ming was shoved, punched and splashed with water as he left the Parliament building. The controversial amendment to the labour law has sparked a number of rallies and a hunger strike, with protesters accusing President Tsai Ing-wen of betraying her campaign promises to protect labour rights. Workers would be guaranteed one mandatory day off a week under the revised law, in keeping with current rules. They would also be given an additional "rest day” and paid at a higher rate if they are asked to work on that day. But seven annual holidays would be scrapped.
 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2016, with the headline 'Chaos at Taiwan protest over plan to cut holidays'. Print Edition | Subscribe