Taiwanese workers are demanding a raise of 1.5% in the first tranche of annual pay increases they have been demanding since the end of the war.
“We have waited for a long time, and now we are finally getting our pay,” said a 55-year-old Taiwanese-Chinese man, who did not give his surname.
“I have been working for more than 50 years, and I am now old enough to retire, so I am ready to start paying my dues,” he added.
Taiwanese labour officials have said they have not been able to find sufficient pay to cover all their expenses, including salaries, overtime and pensions.
They have been in negotiations with employers to ensure they receive a fair and fair share of the pay hike.
Taipei’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Chen Wei-hui said on Monday that the government will discuss the issue with the country’s unions.
But he did not say when a solution might be found.
“The government will meet labour unions and the employers on May 16 to finalise a resolution,” Chen said in a televised address.
“For now, we are working to find a solution.
The government will give its response on May 14.”
Taiwan is the only communist island in Asia to maintain independence from mainland China.
Taiwancho, or Taiwan, is one of Taiwan’s three “core provinces”, where most of the country resides.
It has been divided since 1949.
Taiwatan was established in 1895 as a Chinese colony, but China has since made significant economic gains and Taiwan has been one of its closest allies since the 1949 Armistice.
In April 2018, a court ruled that Taiwan must recognise the Chinese Communist Party as the legitimate ruler of the island, in what was seen as a major setback for Taiwan’s bid to join the bloc.
Taiawancho’s government, which is based in Taipei, has been under pressure to do more to improve its economy amid the worsening economic crisis.