NPP urges end to retirees’ holiday bonus

CONTRADICTORY:The NPP says there is no law requiring the payment of holiday bonuses to retired public servants who receive a monthly pension of NT$25,000 or less

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 21, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

The Executive Yuan should not monetarily reward retired public servants at next year’s Lunar New Year

New Power Party legislators Kawlo Iyun Pacidal, left, Hsu Yung-ming, center, and Huang Kuo-chang, who is also the party’s executive chairman, hold a news conference on pension reforms and year-end bonuses in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

holiday, because such payments lack a legal basis and run counter to efforts to push for pension reform, the New Power Party (NPP) said yesterday.

As the first cross-caucus negotiation round drew to a close yesterday, the NPP held a news conference in Taipei to promote its pension reform platform.

Referring to a directive issued last week by Premier Lin Chuan (林全) to continue paying holiday bonuses to former public servants whose monthly pension is less than NT$25,000 (US$822.34), NPP caucus convener Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said the NT$25,000 threshold was set by the Executive Yuan to justify the payments as they are not stipulated in any law.

The Executive Yuan last year resolved to stop issuing holiday bonuses to retired civil servants receiving a pension of more than NT$25,000 for the Lunar New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival.    [FULL  STORY]

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