台灣國際勞工協會成立之宗旨,以增進因婚姻或工作來台的移民,與本地社群之交流、改善外籍勞工及配偶的勞動環境與社會處境、增進勞動階層的權益福祉為目 標。自1989年台灣開放引進外勞已經十六年了,不論是在廠區或是在假日街頭,外籍勞工進入了台灣社會,創造了台灣人從未有過的勞動經驗及社會接觸,他們 已成為台灣社會不可迴避的族群。

The main goals of TIWA (the Taiwan International Workers’ Association)are to promote cooperation between migrant and local workers, to improve the working conditions and social environment for migrant workers in Taiwan, and to increase workers’ rights and benefits. Taiwan began implementing a guest worker program in 1989. There are currently over 300,000 migrant workers in Taiwan, mostly from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Not only have they contributed their labor, but they have become a unique part of Taiwan’s vibrant society and cultural life.

但是,台灣 社會制度始終以控制的思維在對待這一群外籍勞工,外籍勞工在勞動條件上墊底,在廉價勞動力的利益之下,外籍勞工成為台灣失業的代罪羔羊,在社會對待上也遭 污名化與邊緣化,以經濟發展為主軸的台灣社會意識,並沒有公平地對待這一些來自東南亞經濟弱勢的勞動者。另一群以婚姻形式留在台灣的外籍勞工,就是外籍新 娘,因為異國文化、婚姻與家庭角色的期待,她們面臨到更艱困的處境。

Government policies, however, are both racist and classist, and disempower migrant workers in many ways. As cheap labor in Taiwan, migrant workers face the worst working conditions. They also face discrimination in Taiwanese society, where they are frequently made scapegoats for rising unemployment and any number of social problems. Aside from guest workers, there is also a rapidly increasing number of “foreign brides” – women from the PRC and Southeast Asia who have married Taiwanese men. These women are also widely scapegoated in the Taiwanese media as the source of numerous “social problems,” and face social isolation, barriers to citizenship rights, and discrimination in the workplace.
台灣國際勞工 協會(Taiwan International Workers’Association)成立於1999年10月30日,是為全國第一個以外籍勞動者為服務對象的本地民間組織,關懷對象遍及外籍勞工與 外籍新娘。協會組成成員來自勞工團體、組織工作者以及工會幹部,除了發展本地勞動者與外籍勞工的勞動經驗交流之外,也積極倡議外籍勞工權益,發展外籍勞工 自治組織,近年來分別協助台灣印尼外勞協會(TIMWA)與菲律賓勞工協會(KASAPI)成立;同時有鑒於台灣社會充斥的種族隔閡意識形態,積極辦理文化活動,成立外勞樂團,轉化台灣社會對於外籍勞動者的認識,進而實踐尊重包容、公平的社會公義。

TIWA was established in October 30, 1999. It is the first local NGO in Taiwan to work for the rights of both foreign spouses and migrant workers. The members of TIWA are experience labor activists and members of local unions. TIWA promotes inter-communication between local and migrant workers and fights for migrants’ rights. TIWA supports migrant workers’ self-empowerment, including helping them to organize their own ndependent organizations, such as the Taiwan Indonesian Workers’ Association (TIMWA) for the Indonesian workers and KaSaPi (a Filipino workers’ organization). TIWA also fights the racism and classism within Taiwanese society by organizing cultural events such as musical and dance concerts, cooking classes, poetry contests, and photo workshops, in order to challenge negative stereotypes of Southeast Asians in Taiwan.

Since 2002, TIWA has also been organizing a wide network of international NGOs in Taiwan to form the Promoting Alliance for the Household Service Act (PAHSA). PAHSA is fighting for legal protection for domestic workers, who are not yet covered by the Labor Standards Law.