The Legislative Yuan will start its new legislative session today, with pension reform as the major priority. Armed forces members, civil servants, and teachers say that they support pension reform, but that measures should not be retroactive because they say such measures are illegal. Some retired generals are planning to stage an 800-person sit-in at the Legislative Yuan starting next Tuesday.
Public worker groups have previously refused to participate in the national affairs conference on pension reform, and instead took their protest to the streets. Now, in an annual meeting of military, civil servants, and teachers, these groups are once again slamming the DPP government. They say that pension reform needs to be more moderate.
==LIN SHU-CHI VP, Nat'l Fed. of Public Servants, Teachers, Military, ＆ Police==
In particular, we're surprised that Minister without Portfolio Lin Wan-yi knows so little about the law. He thinks that if they don't demand back what we've gotten, then it's "not retroactive."
==HU CHU-SHENG Retired General==
For pension reform, legitimate expectation cannot be destroyed. That is the destruction of what our laws stand for.
The DPP's pension reform proposal has drawn harsh criticism from retirees. However, a new poll by Taiwan Thinktank shows that over 60% of the public support pension reform, and that over 70% agree that the difference between pension payouts for public and private workers should be reduced. However, 50% say that pension reform should not be retroactive, while 35% say that it should.
==CHOU YUNG-HUNG Director, Taiwan Thinktank Polling Center==
For example, eliminating the 18% special interest rate would be retroactive. But a lot of people are for it. So what I mean is, the government should be clearer in terms of explaining their policy.
The Ministry of Civil Service emphasizes that pension reform is urgently needed, because accumulated pension payouts are growing rapidly. Ministry of Civil Service calculations show that the government will be responsible for over NT$1.6 trillion over the next 30 years. This will be an enormous burden for government finances without pension reform.
TRANSLATED BY：JOHN CHEN
記者 黃立偉 邱福財 報導
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