Taipei Times: Migrant workers protest the broker system in Taipei

Starting at about 1:45pm, migrant workers and advocates marched from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) headquarters to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters, before stopping outside the Ministry of Labor near Taipei Railway Station.

Demonstrators held signs with messages such as: “You select and purchase us, but we are people too,” and “We are human not products.”

As they marched, they chanted their demand: “We want G2G. Abolish the broker system.”

The rally’s organizers said that they spent a year collecting the stories of 15 migrant workers from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to be printed as a book.

The wanted to present copies of the book to the presidential candidates of the KMT and the DPP, they said.

“We pay so much money,” a Philippine migrant worker who asked to be identified as Iyah said.

Iyah said she must pay her broker NT$1,800 per month in the first year of her three-year contract, NT$1,700 per month during the second year and NT$1,500 per month during the third.

After the third year, the payment cycle restarts, said Iyah, who says she has been working in Taiwan for nearly eight years.

She said she used her one day off this month to join the rally.

“Some of my friends don’t have a day off,” she added.

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