‘LAST RESORT’:The KMT fully supports the protesting pensioners, who are trying to fill their stomachs and protect their dignity, KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih said
Date: Nov 15, 2017
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday called on
President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration to ensure the dignity and financial security of retired public servants, as the government unveiled a proposed pension reform bill for veterans.
Accompanied by KMT lawmakers, Wu yesterday morning visited public-sector retirees who have been camping outside the Legislative Yuan building for more than 250 days to protest against the government’s pension reforms targeting public servants, public-school teachers and veterans.
Reform plans for the first two groups cleared the legislative floor in June. The government decided to deal with the pension schemes of veterans in the final phase of reform due to the nature of military jobs.
“Under the rule of law and in a democratic nation, taking to the streets in protest is a desperate last resort. Although the KMT is in the minority at the legislature, it will throw its full support behind the people who are protesting in a legal manner to safeguard their dignity and fill their stomach,” Wu said on the sidelines of his visit. [FULL STORY]