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Cabinet approves draft bill to raise pay for low-ranking police

2018/05/24 19:19:10

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) The Cabinet on Thursday approved a draft amendment to the Police Personnel Management Act, which is aimed at increasing the monthly salary of low-ranking police officers and firefighters.

Under the proposal, 66,000 people will receive a pay raise of NT$1,370 per month, Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) told the press after a Cabinet meeting.

The bill proposes to adjust the pay scale for low-level police and firefighters by adding another grade at the top, Yeh said.

Currently, there are 28,242 officers who have reached the pay ceiling in that scale, he said, adding that they are the ones who would benefit first, at the start of 2019, if the bill is passed in the Legislature.

In the second year, another 1,371 officers will reach the top of the pay scale, Yeh said, adding that by the third year, half of all low-level officers currently at their pay limit will benefit from the proposed raise.

Taking into consideration the unique and dangerous nature of the jobs of police officers and firefighters, the bill is necessary to retain their services, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said at the Cabinet meeting, according to Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇). The annual budget for the proposed pay raise will be NT$700 million, Hsu said, citing the premier.

The draft bill will now be submitted to the Legislature for review.

(By Ku Chuan and Kuan-lin Liu)