Pension protest draws about 100

REINFORCEMENTS:More people from the center and south are busing in today and plan to camp outside the legislature until review is over, a teachers’ union leader said

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 23, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Calls to “fight to the finish” by pension reform opponents drew a tepid response yesterday as protester

Opponents of pension reform yesterday gather outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei during the legislative review of pension reform bills.  Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

numbers continued to dwindle, with only a scattering gathered outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei as the bill enters its final stretch.

“If the Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] refuses to budge, we will adopt the harshest possible protest measures and a scorched-earth strategy,” National Federation of Teachers’ Unions director-general Huang Yao-nan (黃耀南) said.

He blasted rumors that the final DPP version would be even harsher than that approved by the National Pension Reform Commission, tripling the speed at which preferential savings accounts would be eliminated and pension replacement ratios lowered.

He said his federation and other groups affiliated with the Alliance for Monitoring Pension Reform had issued a mobilization call late on Wednesday following the breakdown of cross-caucus negotiations.

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