The Act Governing the Retirement of School Faculty and Staff (學校教職員退休條例) should be amended to eliminate double-income “fat-cats” as the government and lawmakers consider pension reforms, union activists said yesterday.
“We hope that if the new administration is serious about pension reforms, they will give this element priority instead of leaving it out,” said Lo Te-shui (羅德水), director of the National Federation of Teachers Union’s publicity department, calling for amendments to slash the pensions of public-school teachers, professors and officials who take new jobs at private schools following their official retirement.
“It is not that you cannot work after retirement — but if you do, some of your pension should be stopped,” he said, adding that the union’s draft legislation would cut pensions by 65 percent for those taking new jobs with salaries equal to more than half of their original salaries for the period they are employed.
The percentage represents the government subsidy proportion of pensions, because only 35 percent of pension contributions are deducted from teacher’s salaries, he said, adding that the amendments were necessary to close “revolving door” loopholes for Ministry of Education officials.
“Revolving-door rules restrict public officials from taking jobs in profit-making enterprises within two or three years of retirement, but private schools are not for profit, so they are exempt from the restrictions,” he said. “However, private-school interests are closely connected with the ministry because they receive substantial government subsidies, with the ministry determining how much individual schools are allocated.”
Professors and teachers should also not occupy posts that could be taken by young people, as schools downsize in the face of falling student numbers, he said.
Pension reform is one of the key priorities of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), with details of a pension reform committee to draft proposals prior to a special national congress to be announced this week.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
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