VP urges calm amid pension reform protests

Vice President Chen Chien-jen on Friday called for calm amid recent protests against the government's pension reform plans. The vice president chairs the Pension Reform Committee under the Presidential Office.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has pushed for reforms since President Tsai Ing-wen took office last May. The government said drastic measures are needed to prevent the pension funds for civil servants, teachers and military personnel going bankrupt in the longer term. The protesters, who are mostly retirees, argue that reforms should not be carried out retroactively.

Chen urged Lee Lai-hsi, the head of the National Civil Servant Association, to address the issue in a rational way.

I know that Mr Lee Lai-hsi and other [protesters] have their requests. But all requests must be made through peaceful and rational discussion, rather than violent protests. I hope that the reform will allow [both current] and future generations to receive pensions for a long time. It's a task that is in line with benevolence and peace," said Lee.

Source: Radio Taiwan International