New Trade Union Activists in Shaping Childcare Policies in Taiwan
There have been several essential changes in childcare policies during the two decades in Taiwan and Early Childhood Education and Care Act in 2012 makes childcare of children between 3 and 6 years old under the Ministry of Education and this new act also changes regulations regarding to the qualifications and working conditions of preschool teachers and child carers.
This research focuses on the Alliance of Edu-care Trade Unions, especially on those activie members who are new faces in social movements. With the focus of personal experiences in social welfare movement, this article intends to examine how these new activists are moblized into trade unions, how they shape their strategies in discourses and their social actions and how they balance between their different roles in daily life. Since there are few research on Taiwan’s women’s trade unions and newly established Industrial Unions, this research aims to fill the gap in the research and have further dialogue with feminist theories on women in civil society, labour movement and social welfare movement.