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Most against bonuses for retired civil servants: poll

TAIPEI--About 68 percent of the Taiwan public supports the idea of abolishing year-end bonuses for retired civil servants, amid reports that the Labor Insurance Fund will go bankrupt in 2027, according to a poll released by a think tank Sunday.

The survey, commissioned by Taiwan Thinktank, showed that 71.8 percent of the respondents believe the current pension fund system favors government employees, military personnel and public school teachers.

Some 61.9 percent of the respondents who identified themselves as supporters of the pan-blue political camp said the year-end bonuses for those categories of public servants should be discontinued.

Meanwhile, 74.9 percent of the public objects to the government's plan to give national health insurance coverage to Chinese students at Taiwan universities, the poll showed.

In addition, 26.6 percent are not happy about former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Frank Hsieh's visit to China, while 33.3 percent said they were pleased about it, according to the survey.

The results of the poll were released on the heels of a report by the Council of Labor Affairs, which said that the national Labor Insurance Fund is expected to go into deficit in 2017 and will be bankrupt by 2027.

About 72.1 percent of the respondents said they are worried they will not be able to receive their pensions, and 72.6 percent said they have no confidence in the government's assurance that it will fix the problems in the fund.

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