Majority of public supports pension reform this year: survey

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/01/23
By: Wang Cheng-chung and Ko Lin

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) A majority of the public supports carrying out pension reform this

(CNA file photo)

year, according to a survey released by the Taiwan Style Foundation, a local think tank, on Monday.

Among those polled, 64.9 percent said they supported the government’s plans to carry out pension reform this year, compared with 29 percent who were against the idea.

At the same time, 63.3 percent of respondents said they were broadly supportive of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) pension reform plans, despite a large protest staged by retired and active civil servants, public-school teachers and military personnel last Sunday.

More than eight of 10 respondents (84.6 percent) from the public sector said pension reform was needed, and 53.8 percent of respondents supported eliminating the 18-percent preferential interest rate on retirement savings accounts for public sector employees.    [FULL  STORY]

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