By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterDemanding that social workers donate part of their salaries back to social welfare institutions is not allowed and punishment would be imposed if such cases are reported, Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Hsueh Jui-yuan (薛瑞元) said yesterday. The Kaohsiung Social Worker Union on Saturday on Facebook cited a social worker as saying that the social welfare institution they work for in Pingtung had demanded that they make compulsory “donations,” adding that they had donated more than NT$220,000 in the past year, or about NT$18,000 per month. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Arthur Chen (陳宜民) yesterday said that if the social worker only earned NT$30,000 per month, the monthly compulsory donation would pose a serious problem for them. “Demanding donations from salaries to institutions is not allowed,” Hsueh said. Chiang suggested that the central government first wire funding for social welfare institutions into employees’ accounts, saying that would avoid the problem.
Source: Taipei Times May 15, 2019 15:56 UTC