Hundreds of Puerto Rican workers demand a decent pension
San Juan, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of Puerto Rican workers marched to demand a decent pension due to the threat the Financial Oversight and Management Board holds to reduce them up to 20%.
Convened by several unions, along with the Front in Defense of Pensions and the Let's Build Another Agreement campaign, the workers demanded on Sunday that Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced calls for an special session of the Legislative Assembly in order to approve two projects that were blocked up during the last regular session of the four-year period, which ended two weeks ago.
The March demands Vazquez Garced to comply with her commitment, as she announced on June 18 in her Budget Message, with more than 300,000 public sector workers and thousands of retirees, including the projects of the Law for a Worthy Pension and the Law for the Retirement System at the University of Puerto Rico in the call for a special session.
One of the projects was unanimously approved during the closing session by the House of Representatives and the Senate of Puerto Rico, plus the Senate president Thomas Rivera Schatz and legislator Lourdes Ramos. Rivera Schatz and Ramos, both from the ruling New Progressive Party, could not reach an agreement on the amendments introduced by the Upper House, which did not allow the final approval of the project.
The union organizations also expressed their support for the approval of another project that protects the Retirement System of the University of Puerto Rico, whose employees provide the country with an essential service that must be protected as the fundamental tool of the economic and social development of the country.
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