Latest Government pensions and social security News

AP Explains: How have the protests in Chile evolved?

Nov. 20, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — It’s been nearly five weeks since the most potent civil unrest in Chile’s recent history broke out, bringing mass protests across the South American nation. Most of the demonstrators are peaceful as they push a broad range of demands intended to bring more equality to...

Mexican president defends indigenous pensions plan

Nov. 18, 2019 6:07 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president on Monday defended a plan to provide pensions to indigenous people starting at age 65, compared with 68 for other Mexicans. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was elected last year after campaigning to help marginalized people, said those who question...

Chileans agree to replace dictatorship-era constitution

Nov. 15, 2019 3:30 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s most important political parties agreed Friday to call for a new constitution to replace one imposed by a military dictatorship almost 40 years ago, a move that follows a month of turbulent social protests in the streets. The agreement calls for an April 2020...

Pensioners struggling to survive join Chile protests

Nov. 15, 2019 12:20 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Seventy-seven-year-old María Gonzalez is tired of waking up, Monday to Friday, to sell toilet paper in the Chilean capital. Her meager $146 monthly pension puts her below the poverty line, which in Chile is around $222 a month. “I feel tired. Honestly, I’m...

Pensioners struggling to survive join Chile protests

Nov. 15, 2019 12:18 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Seventy-seven-year-old María Gonzalez is tired of waking up, Monday to Friday, to sell toilet paper in the Chilean capital. Her meager $146 monthly pension puts her below the poverty line, which in Chile is around $222 a month. She’s an example of the pension dilemma has...

Brazil launches job program amid mass unemployment

Nov. 11, 2019 7:43 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro launched a jobs program Monday largely based on tax reductions as Brazil struggles to put more than 12 million people back to work. The pension and labor secretary said the administration aims to create 1.8 million jobs for people ages 18-29 and almost 1...

Germany's ruling parties OK pension reform to help women

Nov. 10, 2019 1:07 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing parties agreed Sunday to reform the country's pension system, setting aside an ideological dispute that had threatened to unravel the coalition government. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union,...

Bill addresses pensions, health care for miners, retirees

Nov. 6, 2019 3:33 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 working miners. Democrat Joe Manchin and...

Chile's protests shrink in size after nearly 3 weeks

Nov. 5, 2019 8:18 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Protests that have gripped Chile for nearly three weeks to demand better salaries and pensions, and a more equal distribution of the wealth, shrunk in size on Tuesday. Chileans calling for better social services poured into downtown Santiago again, a day after violent clashes between...

German govt at odds over pensions as deeper troubles lurk

Nov. 4, 2019 2:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing coalition has delayed a decision on a pension reform that has become a central ideological battleground, adding to questions over how long the government will last. Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Union bloc leads a bad-tempered coalition with the center-left...