Labor council says annuity reform plan to come by end-Jan.
By Ann Yu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Amid media speculation that labor annuity reform was headed toward a lower wage replacement rate, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) stated that nothing has been finalized, adding that reform required a well thought-out plan.
January 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Nevertheless, in a statement yesterday the CLA sought to reassure the public that the labor annuity reform plans will be announced by the end of January.
The council explained that the Cabinet formed an annuity system reform task force last year in an effort to discuss adjustments on five parts of the labor insurance annuity program — the wage replacement rate, premium rate, applicant criteria, fund investment and government duties.
They added that the reform is a complex change, saying that one small alteration would affect all the other components. Although nothing has been finalized, the CLA said that they will make sure to protect laborers' rights throughout the reforming process.
Pan-blue Lawmaker Urges Communication
Kuomintang lawmaker Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學章) stressed that it was important for the Cabinet to talk with ruling party lawmakers before submitting a reform draft. That way, we could avoid from being rejected by our own party after our draft version is announced, he said.
Lu spoke of the importance of winning support from lawmakers because they represent the people's ideas, noting that the Cabinet shouldn't automatically expect lawmakers to support their version without previous discussions.
With the reform deadline approaching, the Cabinet and Examination Yuan are intensively mapping out the specifics for reform plan. Task force convener Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah said that he would be happy to communicate with the KMT Central Committee and pan-blue lawmakers in advance of the reform deadline.
KMT officials also said that they would hold a party caucus meeting to discuss the annuity reform projects for better communication among party legislators.
KMT Legislators Sun Ta-chien (孫大千) and Liao Cheng-ching (廖正井) have expressed disagreement with the recent reform directions. Sun said that the Cabinet's version does not actually solve the core problems of the annuity programs but only prolongs them. Sun and Liao have said that they will each propose their own draft version to discuss with the Cabinet.