Tens of Thousands of Retirees Protest for higher Pensions
Hubei-based Gezhouba Group Corp. recently saw a mass
protest staged by tens of thousands of retirees.
The pensioners blocked local streets in Yichang city to
protest against low pension payments.
The crowd requested a step-down of Yang Jixue,
president of the Gezhouba Group.
A clash ensued between the retirees and on-site police, a
large number of special force police were on stand-by nearby.
On 20th Feb., thousands of retirees of China's Gezhouba Group
protested on the main avenues in Yichang city, Hubei province.
The protest proceeded on 21st Feb.,
pensioners involved rose to tens of thousands.
Local authorities issued an announcement via local official
TV, accusing the crowd of "illegally blocking traffic".
Massive numbers of special force police were placed on
stand-by at the local police bureau nearby, sources said.
The retirees held banners reading increase pension payments,
and “strongly urged Yang Jixue to give a clear account.”
Mr. Shi, having background knowledge on this issue, reveals
that Gezhouba's retirees are mostly paid a very low pension.
Yet Gezhouba's president Yang Jixue lately claimed that
the company's average salary exceeded RMB 3,000 per capita.
Mr. Shi: "The Gezhouba Group was a state-owned enterprise,
aided by the central government. Many unsolved problems have been left over.
For many years, Gezhouba's employees have continually
petitioned against their low wages, but was never addressed.
He (Yang Ji learnt) even touted the wage was over RMB 3,000,
that really enraged the people."
Mr. Shi said he was a local since childhood. His parents,
brothers and sisters are all working for Gezhouba.
Mr. Shi: "My mother is only paid RMB 800, the amount was
obtained after years of petitioning. Earlier on, her salary was less than RMB 300.
They went to petition in Beijing, after many years,
her salary was increased to RMB 800.”
Pu Fei, spokesman for 64tianwang.com, gives his analysis.
As there exists a dual pension scheme in China, the average income per capita is certainly low.
Pu Fei: “An ordinary civil servant's pension is different from
an ordinary citizen's. The civil servant's salary is covered by state expenditure.
While an ordinary retiree's pension is paid by the officially
touted National Pension Insurance.
The gap between the both is about RMB 2,000-3,000,
even as high as RMB 10,000-20,000."
What's more, the Gezhouba Group has a higher administrative
level than that of Yichang municipal government.
The city hall's order is void to the Gezhouba Group, Pu adds.
Canyu.org revealed another reason behind the protest.
The Gezhouba Group's leader spent RMB 7 million to
bribe the CCP central leadership to gain official promotions.
According to Clearwisdom.net, Yang Jixue is the head of
610 Office set up inside the Gezhouba Group Corp.
Since Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of Falun Gong,
Yang proactively followed the CCP to secure his position.
Moreover, Yang mobilized many officials inside the corporation
to persecute Falun Gong practitioners in the Gezhouba Group.
The on-the-job employees said that they supported their
parents' protest against pension rights violations.
However, they have been demanded to go home to persuade
their parents to give up their demonstrating and petitioning.
Otherwise, these on-the-job workers
may face “forced unemployment”.
NTD reporters Tang Rui and Zhu Di