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Lower Pensions for FORMER Security Service Employees
January 7, 2009   
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The lower house of the parliament Dec. 19 voted to reduce pensions for former members of Poland's communist-era security services and of the Military Council of National Salvation (WRON), which declared martial law in Poland in 1981. A total of 366 deputies voted for the reduction, 50 opposed, and 22 abstained.

The bill applies to members of communist-era security services listed in the vetting law. These include officers of both civilian and military services who were employed from July 1944 to July 1990. Former security service officers who passed a vetting process after Poland's democratic transition of 1989 and joined the State Protection Office (UOP) will also lose their generous pensions rights for their period of service under communism.

Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, a former communist bigwig and head of the WRON, said he would consider applying for a presidential pension instead. Jaruzelski was president of Poland from July 1989 to December 1990, and is therefore entitled to a presidential pension equal to 50 percent of the current president's base salary.
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