Military denies using contract workers to dismantle missiles
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) The military on Friday denied an accusation by an opposition lawmaker that it had hired contract workers for crucial tasks such as dismantling missiles.
All missile disassembly work at the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology under the Armaments Bureau is performed by on-staff professional engineers, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement, dismissing the accusation as 'totally untrue.'
The work involves highly technical skills and cannot possibly be performed by contract workers, the ministry said.
On Thursday, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Pan Men-an said the defense ministry had budgeted NT$11.3 billion (US$388.32 million) to hire contract personnel next year.
He alleged that contract employment has become so common in the military that such workers are assigned to crucial tasks, including missile disassembly.
A Control Yuan report shows that more than 10,000 contract workers are currently employed in various central government agencies.
(By Chen Pei-huang and Y.F. Low)
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