Sun, Jan 13, 2013 - Page 8 News List

Pensions a win for the privileged

By Joan Lo 羅紀琼

We could resolve the controversy over the suggested promotion of 1,000 financial workers to civil servant status due to the government’s structural reform. It is not necessary to change employee benefits just because the character of an organization has changed.

It is tragic to see that we are still debating whether or to integrate more employees into the government bureaucracy. This is an issue that should have been decided at the outset of reform, but has instead become a bone of contention between the Cabinet and the Examination Yuan.

Unless all issues are clarified and a forward-looking, comprehensive approach is adopted to implement a plan, reform will be crticized at every turn.

The privileged will always win, while the general public foots the bill. Having amassed so much debt, one wonders how long the government will be able to continue to promise the population a worry-free future.

Joan Lo is a research fellow and deputy director of the Institute of Economics at Academia Sinica.

Translated by Perry Svensson

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