Anti-pension reform bill petition delivered to watchdog body

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Anti-pension reform bill petition delivered to watchdog body

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Fifteen representatives of a pension reform monitoring alliance delivered a petition to the Control Yuan on Tuesday in protest over government plans to initiate national pension reforms, a day before lawmakers begin to review a slew of pension reform draft bills.

The protesters from the Pension Reform Oversight Alliance delivered the petition calling for the Control Yuan, the country's highest watchdog body, to censure government agencies and impeach Minister without Portfolio Lin Wan-yi (林萬億), who is in charge of national pension reforms, for what they describe as dereliction of duty.

They then marched to the Legislative Yuan, where they were planning to camp out overnight along with groups composed of public servants, teachers and military personnel in a "besiege the Legislative Yuan" protest against pension reforms.

One of the protest leaders, the head of the National Civil Servants Association, Lee Lai-hsi (李來希) said they want the Control Yuan to censure the national pension reform committee under the Presidential Office and the Executive Yuan's pension reform office, and impeach Lin, who supervises the Cabinet's pension reform office.

Lee accused Lin of engaging in backroom deals that have incited antagonism between various groups in society and between different vocations.

Lee also accused the Legislative Yuan of attempting to force through some pension reform bills that will make changes in pension payments retroactively and hurt the legal rights of retirees, saying that the bills are in violation of the Constitution.

The protesters will issue a request for a constitutional interpretation in the hope that the bills can be revised if they are unconstitutional, Lee added.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)

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