Taiwan firms put more employees on unpaid leave

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TAIPEI, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The number of employees taking unpaid leave in Taiwan, a common measure to cut costs when business is slow, has exceeded 30,000, reaching the highest over the past decade, the island's labor affairs department said on Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, a total of 1,334 companies had put 30,505 employees on unpaid leave across Taiwan, up 11 and 667 respectively over the figures released a week ago, the department said in a statement.

The number of companies adopting this policy is also at its highest since statistics were first formally issued in January 2009.

A total of 16,047 employees in manufacturing were put on unpaid leave as of Tuesday, up 1,010 on the previous week, the largest figure for any sector.

The main reason for the slow business in manufacturing was a reduction in overseas orders, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department said. Enditem

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