YEREVAN, April 8. / ARKA /. David Davtyan, a leader of Dem Em (I Am Against) youth pressure group campaigning against Armenia’s transition to a new pension system, said today that members of the group will gather April 9 outside the ministry of finance to protest against the government’s interpretation of a Constitutional Court’s ruling that declared some provisions of the controversial pension reform unconstitutional.
Before stepping down the ex Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian said that the pension law must remain in force until September 30 (the deadline given by the ruling to the authorities to correct the unconstitutional provisions of the pension law) and that employers should continue withholding 5 percent of their workers’ gross wages and transfer those sums to two private pension funds.
Citing the Court’s ruling, the authorities warn that those employers who would refuse to obey would be penalized.
According to Davtyan, this controversy creates a conflict between employees and the employers.
"We demand that the employers should not be penalized and given an opportunity not to violate the rights of their workers who do not want five percent of their wages be deducted,” he said.
He said the pressure will hold another protest action on April 12 in front of Matenadaran depository of old manuscripts. -0-