Authorities citing lack of funds have not honored the directive, leaving the retired and laid off instructors destitute.
Thursday about 1000 people approached the district offices to peacefully complain about the lack of pensions. One former teacher had taught for 42 years and is left without means.
It is dangerous for people to demonstrate and object to local government actions in the PRC . Some of the elderly teachers were taken into custody. One man in his 70s was shoved to the ground.
China's army of petitioners, who often include former teachers, say they are repeatedly stonewalled, detained in "black jails," beaten, and harassed by authorities if they try to take complaints against local government actions to higher levels of government. RFA
The problem of governments reneging on promised benefits and pensions is not new in the People’s Republic. In December of 2013 thousands converged on authorities in Wuhan to protest the lack of movement to convert their contracts to civil service status. 300 of the protesters are reported to have been detained.
There have been some highly publicized expulsions and punishments meted out recently by the central government in its ongoing battle against corruption, but it seems that graft and corruption are still business as usual for much of the country.
As soon as we got off the bus, the police came," Sichuan petitioner Yi Qingxiu said. "They dragged me onto their bus, and tore my clothes."
"We were taken back to Wenjiang [county]," said Yi, who later escaped after police threatened to hold her on a forced "vacation." Nubzgyzhongguo.org
In the Workers’ Paradise not all are equal. Some schools are shabby and poorly equipped, others are lavishly appointed. The Shanghai Party School has computers, a large library, ultra-modern classrooms, lavish architecture and a swimming pool for student use. The Shanghai Party School is reserved for Party members.
Radio Free Asia