Taichung City Councilor Chou Yung-hong (周永鴻) together with the Taichung Manpower Agency Association, held a press conference last Thursday, pointing out that there are not enough quarantine hotels in Taichung.
It was mentioned in the press conference that many industries in Taichung were in need of migrant workers, but without sufficient quarantine hotels for migrant workers, it was impossible for manpower agencies to bring them in.
Chou Yung-hong called for the government to help more hotels provide quarantine services and alleviate the job shortage problem in the industry. The government responded that there is no shortage of quarantine hotel rooms.
There are currently 12 hotels in Taichung City with 784 rooms for migrant workers to quarantine.
According to the Ministry of Labor (勞動部), as of the 23rd of March, there were only 126 migrant workers in Taichung City quarantining at hotels, therefore quarantine rooms are not in shortage so far.
On the other hand, Chou Yung-hong said that there have been more than 2000 migrant worker entry applications so far, however, the earliest entry was scheduled for December, indicating that the quarantine hotel is not full, but has scheduling problems.
He further pointed out that The Labor Affairs Bureau of Taichung City (台中市勞工局)
has increased the inspection time of applications for home quarantine from 14 days to 21 days, making the procedure longer.
However, the entry visa and covid-19 test results are both time-sensitive, if they’re expired, then the agencies will have to apply again from scratch.
Chou Yung-hong asked the government to speed up the inspection process in order to avoid job shortages in the industry. The bureau promised that additional manpower will be deployed to complete the inspection process as fast as possible, taking into account the needs of the industry.