My wife translated an interesting news story from TV yesterday. It was a report about a boss who fired seven of his workers because they said bad things about him on social media, “Line” in particular. I innocently asked how the boss knew they were bad-mouthing him and she said the boss had set up the “Line” account and had all his employees join with him. I asked if it were not unreasonable for the employees to have relations with their boss after work hours and she said it was not unusual, or illegal in Taiwan for bosses to have that relationship to keep in touch with their employees at a moment’s notice any time of day, even off days.
Of course, it begs the question: If the employees knew their boss could see what they had written negatively about him, why would they discuss him there? Didn't they think they would be putting their job in jeopardy if they did? At best, they should have been buttering-up their boss if they knew he was in on the conversation!
You can add this intrusion to other oppression bosses perpetrate on their employees without recourse such as overtime without pay, prohibiting tipping, withholding pay “bonuses” until year’s end, etc. Add to this the official prohibition on un-registered unions or even qualified unions if there are fewer than thirty employees present, plus the neo-liberal franchise import tactic of employing only part-timers to avoid having to give benefits, switching hours, branches or even telling workers to go home, unpaid, if business is bad. Trying to promote workers’ unions in Taiwan is like showing someone how to breathe before they have been born. Workers in Taiwan have a long way to go before establishing their rights in the workplace.