Civil servants to have 1.5-month bonus
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Civil servants, military servicemen and teachers at government-run schools will receive a year-end bonus of 1.5 months' salary, personnel authorities announced yesterday.
January 26, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Lawmakers raised no objection despite a recent row over bonuses for loss-making state-run firms.
The Directorate General of Personnel Administration (DGPA) said the 1.5-month bonus for 2012 will be handed out on Jan. 31. The bonus has been the same every year since 1989.
The bonuses for ministers blamed for the poor economy will be withheld, said Legislator Ker Chien-ming, caucus leader of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said.
Ker said that while reviewing the central government budget earlier this month, the Legislature froze the bonuses for Economic Minister Shih Yen-shiang, and Yiin Chii-ming, minister for the Council of Economic Planning and Development.
He maintained that the DPP wanted to freeze only the bonuses for ministers who have to shoulder the responsibility of a weak economy that has been taking a heavy toll on laborers. The DPP has no intention of dampening civil servant morale, he added.
Legislator Lai Shyh-bao, a deputy whip of the ruling Kuomintang, said the 1.5-month bonus shows that the government is still keen to take care of civil servants despite the difficult times.
The KMT legislative caucus supports the administration's decision, he said.
Year-end bonuses for state-run businesses and retired civil servants have sparked significant controversy. The Legislature has reduced year-end bonuses for all state-run businesses, angering their employees.