Teachers could retire en masse, KMT cautions

JUST MORE CUTS: The KMT said conditions on payouts to teachers hired after 1995 were slipped through under the guise of pension reform as a cost-cutting measure

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 15, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

An amendment passed in June last year that stipulates a one-year window for retiring public-school teachers hired after 1995 to claim compensation could prompt a wave of

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Alex Fai, left, and Johnny Chiang, right, yesterday clasp hands in a show of unity as the party’s legislative caucus elected its whip in Taipei.  Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

retirements, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers said yesterday, urging the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus to retract the legislation.

The source of contention is Article 34 of the Act Governing Retirement, Severance, and Bereavement Compensation for the Teaching and Other Staff Members of Public Schools (公立學校教職員退休資遣撫卹條例), which, when coupled with measures set out by the Ministry of Education for the pension cuts, would require public-school teachers who were hired after 1995 and meet the conditions for retirement to claim the compensation within one year of the amendments’ implementation — before July 1 next year — or forfeit the compensation.

When pension cuts for public-school teachers were reviewed in committee, the KMT lawmakers urged their DPP peers to retract the draft legislation, as imposing a window for qualified teachers to claim the compensation would be unfair to teachers hired after 1995, when the “new” pension system took effect, KMT Legislator Ko Chih-en (柯志恩) told a news conference in Taipei.    [FULL  STORY]

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