Chileans protest against pension system

Mar 26, 2017

Thousands of Chileans are staging demonstrations to demand changes in the country's pension system, which was once considered a global model

SANTIAGO, Chile — Thousands of Chileans are staging demonstrations to demand changes in the country's pension system, which was once considered a global model.

Sunday's demonstrators say the privately managed system needs profound reforms because many Chileans wind up with retirement benefits below the minimum salary of about $390.

The pension system introduced under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet requires Chilean workers to contribute 10 percent of their pay to the privately managed funds.

Critics say the system is unfair and that the companies administrating the funds make huge benefits. Supporters say that alternatives have not worked in other countries due to increasingly elderly populations.