Opposition supports proposal for 'rule of 90' civil servant retirement
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Opposition lawmakers yesterday voiced support for a proposal to extend civil servants' retirement age to reduce the government's financial burden.
January 5, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Legislator Ker Chien-ming, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party legislative caucus, lauded the proposal made by John Kuan, head of the Examination Yuan (EY), who has been campaigning to reform the civil service.
The EY's Ministry of Civil Service is already making plans for the retirement age change, and if the Legislature adopts it, the new system may be implemented as early as 2016, Kuan has said.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said assessments are still being made about the pros and cons of the proposed system as compared to the existing one.
The current retirement system is called the “rule of 85,” which means a civil servant can retire if the sum of his or her age and the years of his or her service in government reaches 85. For example, if a civil servant has worked for 30 years when he or she turns 55, he or she can retire.
But Kuan is seeking to adopt a “rule of 90,” meaning the sum of the age and the years in service will be extended to 90 before a civil servant can retire.
DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yi said Kuan's direction is correct, but the fundamental problem cannot be solved simply by extending the retirement age.