Civil servants to strike over pensions
- Published: 4/03/2013 at 04:15 PM
- Online news:
Members of the Government Pension Fund (GPF) announced on Monday they would go on a mass strike and rally in Bangkok late this month to demand amendments to the fund's regulations to ensure better benefits.
About 8,000 civil servants and teachers covered by the fund from across the country were expected to attend the strike rally, Lertchai Sookprasert, chairman of the GPF Board, said after a meeting with about 50 school administrators and teachers in Surin province.
The protesting members would wear pink T-shirts and gather at the Ministry of Finance, Government House and parliament on March 26, starting at 8.30am, and would not disperse unless they receive a satisfactory response to their requests.
The group complains they have made a five-point proposal to every government since 2008, but their request has never been answered.
Their demands include:
- The amendment of section 63 of the Government Pension Fund Act BE 2539 (AD 1996) for a benefits increase including ensuring the family of a deceased member receives the same benefits as the family of a retired member.
- Disband the fund and use the benefits calculation formula for a monthly pension based on the formula stipulated in Pension for Civil Servants Act BE 2494 (1951).
The group would announce additional requests at the rally, including cancellation of members’ monthly deductions because of the higher cost of living.
Mr Lertchai said his group again submitted its requests to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during the mobile cabinet meeting in Surin last year, but no progress had been made. The planned strike rally was needed to persuade the government to act on the problem.
About 1.18 million civil servants are covered through the fund.
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