Residential Stands for Unpaid Council Workers

MUTARE City Council has resolved to offer its workers residential stands as compensation for salary arrears dating back to 2013, which had ballooned to nearly $9 million. The resolution was made during an ordinary council meeting held on December 7. Mutare City Council owes employees $8 595 815, which was accrued between 2013 to April this… Continue reading “Residential Stands for Unpaid Council Workers”

Hong Kong woman ordered to pay abused maid $100,000

A Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for starving and beating her Indonesian domestic helper was ordered by a court on Thursday to pay more than $100,000 in damages for the “inhumane” abuse. Law Wan-tung was convicted of grievous bodily harm, assault, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages in 2015 and is still serving… Continue reading “Hong Kong woman ordered to pay abused maid $100,000”

Brain Drain At the EPA

More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Donald Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration. Of the employees who have quit, retired or taken a buyout… Continue reading “Brain Drain At the EPA”

When Is the Best Age to Claim Social Security?

When to claim Social Security retirement benefits is one of the most crucial financial decisions facing older workers. But not everyone makes informed choices. The timing of the claim is key. The earlier a worker files to receive Social Security, the lower the monthly payment for the rest of that worker’s life. The longer a worker… Continue reading “When Is the Best Age to Claim Social Security?”

Ryanair faces first-ever pilot strike in Germany

German Ryanair pilots will strike for the first time Friday, union leaders said, dialling up the heat in a Europe-wide battle for recognition from the no-frills airline ahead of the busy holiday period. The Irish carrier urged passengers to head to airports anyway, saying it had asked pilots to show up for duty and pledging to… Continue reading “Ryanair faces first-ever pilot strike in Germany”

Thanks to the tax bill, the government can no longer force you to buy health insurance

Barack Obama Republicans promised over and over again to repeal Obamacare, and they fell painfully short of that goal repeatedly in Congress. But thanks to the passage of today’s tax bill, the government is no longer forcing individuals to buy health insurance, and that’s a big victory. President Trump boasted that”“in this bill, not only do… Continue reading “Thanks to the tax bill, the government can no longer force you to buy health insurance”

Mattel lays off 70 employees amid continuing financial struggles

LOS ANGELES — Mattel Inc. laid off 70 employees earlier this month, according to a California Employment Development Department report. Mattel had 32,000 employees as of last December, according to its Security and Exchange Commission filings. The cuts, which were effective Dec. 8, come during a time of financial struggle for the El Segundo-based toymaker, whose… Continue reading “Mattel lays off 70 employees amid continuing financial struggles”

Trump Tax Plan: AT&T, Wells Fargo Hand Out Bonuses

As the debate rages over the extent of benefits the GOP tax bill will have for workers, some of the country’s largest companies have said they will pass on the proceeds of President Donald Trump’s dramatic corporate tax cut to their employees and reinvest in the United States. The promises from the likes of AT&T, Wells… Continue reading “Trump Tax Plan: AT&T, Wells Fargo Hand Out Bonuses”

ThyssenKrupp steelworkers clinch deal ahead of Tata merger

Steelworkers at German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp have won guarantees that their jobs are secure until 2026, bringing the group a step closer to its planned merger with India’s Tata Steel. ThyssenKrupp said late Thursday it had clinched a deal with Germany’s powerful IG Metall union pledging there would be no job losses or major site closures… Continue reading “ThyssenKrupp steelworkers clinch deal ahead of Tata merger”

Toys’R’Us avoids UK administration, confirms store closures

The troubled British arm of US retailer Toys’R’Us narrowly avoided entering administration, it announced on Thursday, after a key creditor embraced its plan to shut stores and plug its pensions deficit. At least 26 of the 105 Toys’R’Us shops in Britain will close from early next year, slashing rent costs in a bid to survive under… Continue reading “Toys’R’Us avoids UK administration, confirms store closures”

Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically

By Rebecca Walker Reczek, Associate Professor of Marketing, The Ohio State University, Julie Irwin, Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor of Business, Department of Marketing and Department of Business, Government and Society, University of Texas at Austin, and Daniel Zane, Marketing PhD candidate, The Ohio State University. You probably don’t remember the Kathie Lee sweatshop scandal… Continue reading “Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically”

Restaurant workers at O’Hare airport walk off the job on peak travel day

CHICAGO — Workers at O’Hare International Airport’s restaurants, bars and coffee shops walked off the job at noon on Thursday — one of the busiest travel days of the year — to push for higher wages and affordable health care. Airport restaurants continued to operate during the strike. Noah Carson-Nelson, a spokesman for UNITE HERE Local… Continue reading “Restaurant workers at O’Hare airport walk off the job on peak travel day”

The value of ‘counting your chickens’ | Biz Brain

Q. Is there any value to calculating one’s net worth, as opposed to, say, monthly net spendable income? If net worth does, in fact, have some relevance, how should a guaranteed, defined benefit pension be figured into the net worth? — Counting my chickens A. These calculations are helpful for several reasons. First, a net worth… Continue reading “The value of ‘counting your chickens’ | Biz Brain”

Judge tosses $50M award against Lockheed Martin in age-discrimination case

A federal judge on Monday overturned a jury’s award of $50 million in punitive damages to a former Moorestown-based employee of Lockheed Martin in his age discrimination case, setting the stage for a retrial on that portion of the lawsuit. In a 58-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Renee M. Bumb said Robert Braden, an engineer, failed… Continue reading “Judge tosses $50M award against Lockheed Martin in age-discrimination case”

Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of AI, Robots In The Workplace

There was more discussion than ever in 2017 about robots entering the workforce. Next year will see even more dialogue around this topic, as robotics and AI become more commonplace and at accelerated rates due to machine learning advancements. They are already a part of everyday life in countries like Japan, where humanoid robots are in… Continue reading “Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of AI, Robots In The Workplace”

Ivanka Trump Doesn’t Fully Understand the Tax Bill

First daughter Ivanka Trump appeared on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning to promote the GOP tax bill, but didn’t seem to fully understand how the tax bill works for middle-income Americans. “I’m really looking forward to doing a lot of traveling in April when people realize the effect that this has… The vast majority will… Continue reading “Ivanka Trump Doesn’t Fully Understand the Tax Bill”

Sexism at Work: Women Are Less Ambitious than Men

Discriminatory practices in hiring women are still a thing, according to a survey that found employers are more likely to perceive men as more ambitious than women in the workplace. A YouGov survey for the Young Women’s Trust released in the U.K. on Thursday found that 25 percent of hiring-representative respondents are more likely to say… Continue reading “Sexism at Work: Women Are Less Ambitious than Men”

Union maintains strike threat after Ryanair talks

A trade union representing Ryanair pilots insisted Wednesday it would not rule out strikes if the Irish no-frills airline did not give it formal recognition within 24 hours. It came after Ryanair held its first talks with pilots’ representatives on Tuesday as the short-haul carrier takes the first steps towards union recognition. Ryanair on Friday offered… Continue reading “Union maintains strike threat after Ryanair talks”

Foreign enterprises breaking laws will be duly punished

ON TUESDAY, a local court in Shanghai sentenced an entrepreneur with foreign citizenship to five months’ detention plus a fine of 40,000 yuan ($6,082) because he owed 158 of his employees 600,000 yuan. Beijing News comments: According to the law, every worker has the right to get paid for his or her labor. Yet in reality,… Continue reading “Foreign enterprises breaking laws will be duly punished”

Grace, Wicknell Saga Exposed

Energy Sector Workers Union of Zimbabwe on Thursday accused the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) board of directors of mis-using funds while sponsoring Wicknell Chivhayo and the former first lady Grace Mugabe’s dubious projects. In an interview with 263Chat, the union’s General Secretary, Gibson Mushunje bemoaned corruption within ZETDC saying auditors who unearthed the… Continue reading “Grace, Wicknell Saga Exposed”

Phil Murphy cries foul over Christie pension move

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy on Thursday accused Gov. Chris Christie of “playing politics” in making a small accounting change to the public pensions system that will hike pension bills for the state and local governments by $800 million next year. Christie’s administration cut the pension fund’s assumed rate of return on its investments from 7.65 percent, a… Continue reading “Phil Murphy cries foul over Christie pension move”

Record number of job quitters remain unemployed

A record number of South Koreans who quit their jobs more than a year ago remained unemployed in November amid a severe job crunch, government data showed Thursday. According to the data from Statistics Korea, those people accounted for 30 percent of the country’s total jobless tallied at 874,000 last month. It marks the first time… Continue reading “Record number of job quitters remain unemployed”

Editorial: You’re a mean one, Mr. Trump. Your administration put a target on workers’ backs

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that an administration led by a career businessman who has appointed a succession of Wall Street grandees to top positions would prove hostile to labor regulations. But lack of surprise doesn’t make what the Trump administration is doing any less onerous. Most recently: rolling back a rule on… Continue reading “Editorial: You’re a mean one, Mr. Trump. Your administration put a target on workers’ backs”

Recruitment firm predicting salary hikes for professionals

Information technology and multilingual professionals in China received whopping pay rises this year and the trend is likely to continue next year, a leading recruitment consultancy said on Wednesday. According to the survey conducted by Robert Walters, a global headhunter, it has noticed several changes in the salary structure of professionals this year, with bilingual talents,… Continue reading “Recruitment firm predicting salary hikes for professionals”

South Korean employer sent to jail for failing to pay wages to his workers

A South Korean citizen has become the first foreigner in Shanghai to be punished by a court for failing to pay his employees. The Qingpu District People’s Court said on Wednesday that it had sentenced Hong Ki, 65, to five months in prison and fined him 40,000 yuan ($6,000). Hong operates Mingxin Clothing (Shanghai) Co, which… Continue reading “South Korean employer sent to jail for failing to pay wages to his workers”

Teva workers block Jerusalem light rail in protest over layoffs

Police move demonstrators off tracks to resume service; protesters gather outside home of board member in Ra’anana Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries employees blocked the light rail network in the center of Jerusalem on Thursday in their campaign against the threatened shuttering of the company’s two Jerusalem plants. The ailing pharma giant is in the midst of a… Continue reading “Teva workers block Jerusalem light rail in protest over layoffs”

Germany’s Ryanair flights take off despite strike

Passengers travelling with Ryanair in Germany on Friday saw little disruption from a four-hour strike called by a pilots’ union, with most flights leaving as scheduled, and only some delays. Germany’s powerful Cockpit union had asked Ryanair pilots to walk off the job from 5-9am (0400-0800 GMT) in a battle for recognition from the Irish no-frills… Continue reading “Germany’s Ryanair flights take off despite strike”

AT&T gets in Trump’s good graces after praising tax bill as legal showdown over Time Warner bid looms

As it continues to face federal scrutiny over its blockbuster deal to take over Time Warner, AT&T said it plans to invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018 and pay a $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T employees following congressional approval of President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul. The decision seemed to… Continue reading “AT&T gets in Trump’s good graces after praising tax bill as legal showdown over Time Warner bid looms”

Buhari Pledges Increased Investment in Health Sector

The Federal Government will increase investment in the health sector so that the country can halt the loss of well trained professionals to foreign lands. President Muhammadu Buhari made the pledge when he received the executive members of Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), at State House, Abuja, on Thursday, The President appreciated the… Continue reading “Buhari Pledges Increased Investment in Health Sector”

Ford manufacturing plant coming under fire for a hostile atmosphere

The Ford manufacturing plant in Chicago has been notorious for having a hostile work environment for minorities in the past, and the situation there hasn’t improved in recent years. A new story from the New York Times details just how bad the sexual and racial harassment has been at the plant, and this is after a… Continue reading “Ford manufacturing plant coming under fire for a hostile atmosphere”

Cross River Workers Begin Strike Wednesday

The one-week ultimatum issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Cross River State chapter, to the state government is due to expire on Wednesday. Chairman of the NLC, Comrade John Ushie, said except the state government quickly responded to all the grievances and demands placed before it, all civil servants in the state have been directed… Continue reading “Cross River Workers Begin Strike Wednesday”

Aremu Advocates Minimum Pension for Retirees

A member of the board of National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Issa Aremu, at the weekend advocated for standard minimum pension for Nigerian retirees in the country. Aremu, who is also a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), also said the new minimum wage negotiation and implementation… Continue reading “Aremu Advocates Minimum Pension for Retirees”

Big challenges face Ramaphosa, new head of ANC

The new leader of the South Africa’s ANC party, Cyril Ramaphosa, will likely be the next president of the country. He faces an immediate list of urgent issues as the party that has held power since the end of apartheid rule 23 years ago struggles to live up the optimism of that era. – 2019 election… Continue reading “Big challenges face Ramaphosa, new head of ANC”

Govt Orders Arrest of Marketers Hoarding Petrol

The federal government has ordered security agencies to arrest petroleum marketers who deliberately hoard petroleum products to create the artificial scarcity currently being experienced. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday warned oil marketers to desist from hoarding the product or risk being arrested by industry regulators who have been detailed for enforcement. NNPC spokesman, Ndu… Continue reading “Govt Orders Arrest of Marketers Hoarding Petrol”

Argentina’s congress passes pension overhaul amid protests

Argentina’s center-right government managed Tuesday to push through pension overhauls that have prompted several violent protests, with critics saying the changes will weigh heaviest on the poorest sectors of society. Members of the governing “Cambiemos”, or Change, coalition won 128 votes in favor of the bill, with 116 voting against and two abstaining. On Monday clashes… Continue reading “Argentina’s congress passes pension overhaul amid protests”

Nigeria Leads in Gender Based Violence Globally, Falana Reveals

The wife of the fiery human rights activist, Mrs. Funmi Falana, has hinged the increasing spate of violence against men across the country as a product of the frustration of the womenfolk in Nigeria. Falana said there is no country across the world where women were being muzzled through cultural and societal practices like Nigeria, saying… Continue reading “Nigeria Leads in Gender Based Violence Globally, Falana Reveals”

Argentina pension protesters clash with police in Buenos Aires

Protesters angry at proposed pension and welfare reforms attacked police close to Argentina’s congress building in Buenos Aires on Monday, the second protest in a week to turn violent. Activists lobbed stones, bottles and firecrackers at police as huge crowds demonstrated against pension reforms proposed by the center-right government of President Mauricio Macri. The crowd tried… Continue reading “Argentina pension protesters clash with police in Buenos Aires”

Nigerian Workers Poorly Paid – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has admitted that Nigerian workers are poorly paid. He said public sector earnings must be scrutinised with a view to determining the right wages for workers. Osinbajo said this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday while declaring open, the State House Press Corps end of the year seminar… Continue reading “Nigerian Workers Poorly Paid – Osinbajo”

Murphy wants all of us to get high – all the time | Sheneman cartoon

For the half dozen of us who paid attention to the promises made during this past year’s gubernatorial campaign it became glaringly obvious that, while very rich himself, Phil Murphy has no clue about the value of a dollar. Maybe it’s because he is so rich and doesn’t have to worry about what stuff costs, but… Continue reading “Murphy wants all of us to get high – all the time | Sheneman cartoon”

Lecturers to Hold Talks With Universities On New Pay Deal

University lecturers and their employers will on Monday go back to the negotiating table for talks on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The meeting between the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) and universities management will also be attended by officials of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE). “This is to invite you to a meeting… Continue reading “Lecturers to Hold Talks With Universities On New Pay Deal”

Unemployment Up In Midwest Despite Trump Promises

President Donald Trump says America’s dropping unemployment rate is one of his greatest accomplishments—but Rust Belt states so crucial to Trump’s White House win last year have been largely left out of the employment boom. Unemployment is up in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio since May, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even… Continue reading “Unemployment Up In Midwest Despite Trump Promises”

KQ Ordered to Reinstate Sacked Engineers Pending Case

The Employment and Labour Relations Court has ordered the reinstatement of 140 sacked Kenya Airways engineers and technicians with immediate effect. Judge Hellen Wasilwa issued the order citing safety concerns of travellers flying on planes that have not been serviced. “I am like any other person who uses flights to travel and I cannot risk using… Continue reading “KQ Ordered to Reinstate Sacked Engineers Pending Case”

Nigeria, Not Yet a Caring Republic

Last Monday 11th December the oldest specialized agency of United Nations, International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Social Protection Report 2017-2019 in Abuja, the first of such global launch in Nigeria. Regrettably, out of the 4 billion people worldwide without any form of social protection, significant of them live in Africa mostly Nigeria. In the… Continue reading “Nigeria, Not Yet a Caring Republic”

Teva employees threaten to blow up factory

Employees of the pharmaceutical giant Teva signaled they will continue their protests against the planned closure of the company”s operations in Jerusalem, a day after members of Israel”s largest labor union, the Histadrut, launched a partial strike around the country Sunday morning, before returning to work at noon. Hundreds of Teva employees barricaded themselves in one… Continue reading “Teva employees threaten to blow up factory”

Plan to pad some N.J. politicians’ pensions keeps speeding ahead

A controversial bill that would give bigger pensions to some New Jersey elected officials — most notably outgoing Camden Mayor Dana Redd — continued to speed through the state Legislature on Monday. Both the state Senate and the state Assembly Appropriations Committee voted, without debate, at the Statehouse in Trenton to advance the Democratic-sponsored measure exactly… Continue reading “Plan to pad some N.J. politicians’ pensions keeps speeding ahead”

Doyle McManus: What’s missing from the GOP tax bill?

You’ve probably read plenty about what’s in the tax bill that House and Senate Republicans agreed to last week: A big cut in corporate taxes. Generous tax cuts for the wealthy, including a reduction of the top individual tax rate. More modest cuts for anyone who makes less than $200,000 or so. Equally striking is what’s… Continue reading “Doyle McManus: What’s missing from the GOP tax bill?”

Response To Muchinguri’s “Pasi Na Joice Mujuru” Slogan

Oppah Muchinguri Ko kumbotiwo pasi ne cash crisis ? Pasi ne unemployment ? Pasi nenhamo ? Pasi nembavha dzekuba $15 billion yenyika. Ko kumbotiwo pamberi ne gutsa nyika? Pamberi ne development ? Pamberi nema basa? Joice Mujuru ndiye cash crisis here? Oppah Muchinguri is now as good as president. After all these years in politics and… Continue reading “Response To Muchinguri’s “Pasi Na Joice Mujuru” Slogan”

Cosatu Condemns Eskom Tariff Increases [press release]

COSATU notes that credit rating agencies have downgraded Eskom’s status to what they call ‘junk’, but this cannot be used as an excuse to ask consumers to shoulder the whole cost of getting Eskom back on its feet. Government, as the shareholder, must also intervene in a decisive way to help Eskom get out of its… Continue reading “Cosatu Condemns Eskom Tariff Increases [press release]”

Donald Trump’s Coal Promises Haven’t Been Kept

Donald Trump spent much of his campaign promising to bring back coal, an industry which he said President Barack Obama had demoralized with too many regulations. So in July when Trump declared at a rally that he had created 45,000 coal jobs since the start of his presidency, many coal miners rejoiced. “Everybody was saying, ‘Well,… Continue reading “Donald Trump’s Coal Promises Haven’t Been Kept”

Netanyahu adviser: Teva could leave Israel if gov’t interferes in its business

National Economic Council chief Avi Simhon says Israel mulling ways, including possible bailout, to help ailing drug-maker keep Jerusalem plant open; PM to meet Teva CEO on Tuesday Amid a national furor and ongoing strike action over major job cuts at ailing drug-maker Teva, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s key economic adviser warned that the government cannot… Continue reading “Netanyahu adviser: Teva could leave Israel if gov’t interferes in its business”

Policies offer equal treatment to people from HK, Macao

The central government’s top authority for Hong Kong and Macao affairs announced on Monday a new series of policies that grant residents of the two special administrative regions equal access to subsidies for home purchases, school scholarship and financial support for social science research on the mainland. The announcement was widely acclaimed in Hong Kong, with… Continue reading “Policies offer equal treatment to people from HK, Macao”

Khama’s Salary Increases Illegal – Coa

Government and Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) have shared spoils with Botswana Federation of Public Sector Trade Unions (BOFEPUSU) in a protracted legal battle over the scope of the Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC). The Court of Appeal ruled this week that although decisions of the PSBC do not bind public servants who are non-unionised or… Continue reading “Khama’s Salary Increases Illegal – Coa”

N.J. tech CEO: Cutting my taxes won’t help the economy. Here’s why | Opinion

By Declan Carney I’m a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of a technology company. Why would a business owner be against this tax bill? Why would a business owner question an economic philosophy that believes cutting taxes on the rich creates jobs or inversely raising taxes on the rich cuts jobs. What if I… Continue reading “N.J. tech CEO: Cutting my taxes won’t help the economy. Here’s why | Opinion”

The unbearable lightness of obligations

A 42-YEAR-OLD PROGRAMMER threw himself out of the window of the 26th floor of an office building of a telecommunications company in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province, last week. Beijing News commented on Monday: It is said that the man committed suicide after he lost his job. It would not be that easy for a programmer… Continue reading “The unbearable lightness of obligations”

Infinity Labs offers free high-tech training to ex-Teva employees

Infinity Labs, controlled by Matrix IT Ltd. (TASE:MTRX), is offering 100 employees laid off by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA; TASE: TEVA) a free seven-month training course for the high-tech industry. Infinity Labs has been conducting the course since 2014. It is mainly designed for university graduates in the technological professions having difficulty in finding… Continue reading “Infinity Labs offers free high-tech training to ex-Teva employees”

Tavis Smiley Says Nothing Wrong With Office Romances

The year 2017 saw the skeleton of sexual misconduct come tumbling out of the closet, ensnaring many in Hollywood, politics and media. One such accused is longtime PBS host Tavis Smiley, who was suspended by the network over allegations of sexual misconduct pending an inquiry. Smiley denied the allegations, but admitted to engaging in consensual workplace… Continue reading “Tavis Smiley Says Nothing Wrong With Office Romances”

Shelve Strike, Govt Begs PENGASSAN

THE Federal Government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, yesterday appealed to leaders of PENGASSAN, to shelve its planned strike over the sack of workers by Neconde Energy Services Ltd, beginning today, in the spirit of conciliation brokered between it and the company. A statement by the Deputy Director, Press in the… Continue reading “Shelve Strike, Govt Begs PENGASSAN”

Osinbajo – No Journalist Can Make Ends Meet in Nigeria

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said with their poor remuneration, journalists in the country will find it impossible to live a meaningful life. The vice president, who also lamented the depth of private sector’s disrespect for the implementation of national minimum wage, made the remarks at the end of the year seminar organised by the… Continue reading “Osinbajo – No Journalist Can Make Ends Meet in Nigeria”

Why Trump’s plan to forbid spouses of H-1B visa holders to work is a bad idea

By Amy Bhatt, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. U.S. immigration law has a complicated history with keeping families together. Reuters/Brian Snyder On Dec. 14, the Trump administration announced a regulatory change that would strip spouses of high-skilled foreign workers of the right to work in the United States. The… Continue reading “Why Trump’s plan to forbid spouses of H-1B visa holders to work is a bad idea”

Fuel Scarcity – Ngige Appeals to Pengassan to Shelve Planned Strike

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has appealed to the Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to shelve its planned strike in the spirit of conciliation brokered between it and Neconde Energy Services Ltd. Ngige in a statement yesterday by the Deputy Director, Press in the Ministry of Labour and… Continue reading “Fuel Scarcity – Ngige Appeals to Pengassan to Shelve Planned Strike”

The New Tax Bill Will Make Americans Less Healthy – And That’s Bad For The Economy

The new tax bill, passed by the Senate early Saturday, is not just about taxes. It has significant consequences for the American health care system – especially for the most vulnerable of our citizens. If the proposed tax bill comes to fruition, it will reduce the affordability of health care for many Americans. Without access to… Continue reading “The New Tax Bill Will Make Americans Less Healthy – And That’s Bad For The Economy”

Why the Republican tax plan can help put American youths back to work

By Randall Olsen, Director of the Center for Human Resource Research, The Ohio State University. House Speaker Paul Ryan talks about the GOP tax plan. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Republican lawmakers are set to vote this week on their tax plan after reconciling differences between the Senate and House versions and appear likely to meet their Christmas… Continue reading “Why the Republican tax plan can help put American youths back to work”

Labor Congress Wants Peaceful Runoff Election

The Liberia Labor Congress (LLC) is calling on parties in the runoff presidential election and other concern citizens to remain peaceful and law abiding ahead of the controversial runoff election. “We welcomed the holding of the runoff election with the hope that the National Elections Commission will respect the mandate and implement the modification made by… Continue reading “Labor Congress Wants Peaceful Runoff Election”

Trump Will Spend $300M To Hire 5,000 Border Guards

Customs and Border Protection is taking desperate measures at an exorbitant cost to hire agents to its dwindling workforce, after facing intense pressure from President Donald Trump to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents. As of this year, the agency no longer asks applicants about prior illicit drug activity—an unprecedented departure from standard law enforcement hiring… Continue reading “Trump Will Spend $300M To Hire 5,000 Border Guards”

Inspection, Enforcement Key to Labour Growth – Ocheni

The Minister of State Labour and Employment, Prof. Stephen Ocheni, has restated the present administration’s high regard to the issue of labour inspection services as a cardinal component of the Decent Work Country programme. The programme is designed to achieve maximum productivity in both private and public sectors. Prof. Ocheni stated this when he led a… Continue reading “Inspection, Enforcement Key to Labour Growth – Ocheni”

Israel strike to stop flights at Ben Gurion airport

Israel’s powerful Histadrut trade union said Ben Gurion airport will shut for four hours Sunday as part of a nationwide strike over plans by pharmaceutical giant Teva to shed employees. Air traffic at the country’s main international airport in Tel Aviv will be suspended between 0600 GMT and 1000 GMT, said Histadrut, which has called for… Continue reading “Israel strike to stop flights at Ben Gurion airport”

Left in limbo: Employee suspended for 3 years and counting, lawyer says

A carpenter who for more than two decades installed cabinets and tiles in public housing units and often supervised workers, says he’s still paying the price for unproven allegations hurled against him more than three years ago. Sunderdat Sookram, an employee at the Newark Housing Authority, was suspended without pay in June 2014 on theft charges.… Continue reading “Left in limbo: Employee suspended for 3 years and counting, lawyer says”

‘Voluntary overtime’ harms employers as well as employees

LIAONING PROVINCIAL Department of Human Resources and Social Security recently said that employers do not need to pay their employees overtime if they work extra hours without being asked. Beijing News comments: If longer working hours can lead to paid overtime, those who procrastinate and work the most inefficiently will be the biggest beneficiaries. And this… Continue reading “‘Voluntary overtime’ harms employers as well as employees”

Ryanair offers to recognise pilot unions

Ryanair has offered to recognise pilots unions for the first time in its 32-year history. Insiders say it is a last-minute bid to stop its first-ever pilot strike from taking place later on Friday. Chief Executive Michael O’Leary’s refusal to recognise unions was at the heart of the ultra low-cost model he developed. “Recognising unions will… Continue reading “Ryanair offers to recognise pilot unions”

Four years on, Southwest Airlines flight attendants continue battle with union

It’s been more than four years since Stacy Martin and two other Southwest Airlines flight attendants were ousted from their union posts in an internal power struggle that wound up in court. Now, nearly three years after a lawsuit was decided against him, Martin, with Chris Click and Jerry Lindemann, is keeping the fight going, this… Continue reading “Four years on, Southwest Airlines flight attendants continue battle with union”

Greek pensioners protest over fears of more cuts

Enough is enough – the rallying cry from thousands of pensioners in the centre of Athens. Ahead of a vote next week on a new budget, the elderly say they cannot accept any more cuts in their pensions. They say they have already been subjected to 23 cuts, worth about 50 billion euros. Euronews correspondent Ioannis… Continue reading “Greek pensioners protest over fears of more cuts”

Walmart now allows workers to collect pay in real time

Ever heard the phrase “more month than money” to describe times when you run out of cash before the next paycheck comes? Walmart wants to do something about that for its employees. RELATED: 9 things you should never buy at Walmart No fees and no interest for Walmart employees We all know the nation’s largest retailer… Continue reading “Walmart now allows workers to collect pay in real time”

Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump contraception mandate rollback

A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked President Trump’s decision to roll back Obama-era rules that require employers to provide free birth control as part of their health plans. U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone, presiding in Philadelphia, issued a preliminary injunction against Mr. Trump’s interim final rule, which said any employer who asserts a good-faith religious… Continue reading “Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump contraception mandate rollback”

NLRB overturns rule that made companies liable for franchise employees

The National Labor Relations Board has overturned a rule set during the Obama administration that made companies liable for the employees of their franchisees and contractors. Groups representing industries including restaurants, retail and construction praised the decision, which was announced late Thursday. Unions and other worker advocacy groups derided the decision, which limits corporate liability in… Continue reading “NLRB overturns rule that made companies liable for franchise employees”

Gas station owner pays out $1.4M in unpaid overtime, damages to workers

A man who owns a string of gas stations where employees worked 70 hours a week or more has now paid them more than $1.4 million after investigators learned they were receiving much less than the minimum wage, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday. Manjit Guleria, who operates five Citgos and a Lukoil in south… Continue reading “Gas station owner pays out $1.4M in unpaid overtime, damages to workers”

US judge blocks Trump anti-contraception measure

A federal judge from Pennsylvania Friday blocked a decision by the Trump administration to put an end to an obligation under Obamacare that employers include free contraception in their healthcare coverage. Judge Wendy Beetlestone, convinced that the measure could pose harm to thousands of American women, imposed a temporary suspension of the measure that is national… Continue reading “US judge blocks Trump anti-contraception measure”

Zinke Reacts to Harassment Survey With 4 Dismissals

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has fired four senior staffers at the Department of the Interior for what he called inappropriate behavior, in response to widespread allegations of sexual harassment at the agency. Zinke spoke to employees in a video posted on the Interior Department website, saying, “The culture of harassment and intimidation, which this administration… Continue reading “Zinke Reacts to Harassment Survey With 4 Dismissals”

UK child laws offer template for China

Britain’s comprehensive laws and its welfare system are crucial in the protection of children enrolled in early-years education, said the founder of the United Kingdom’s first Chinese-English nursery school. Cennydd John, who set up the nursery Hatching Dragons, was speaking in the wake of child abuse allegations in Beijing, in which parents claimed their children were… Continue reading “UK child laws offer template for China”

Sweden to raise earliest retirement age to 64

Sweden said Thursday it would raise the earliest retirement age from 61 to 64 in order to secure future pensions, following a broad cross-party agreement. “We are reforming the Swedish pension system in order to raise pensions and increase security for both today’s and future pensioners,” Social Affairs Minister Annika Strandhall and Financial Markets Minister Per… Continue reading “Sweden to raise earliest retirement age to 64”

SABC Staff Use Labour Power to Interrupt Its Power to Broadcast [analysis]

SABC workers nationwide are taking their wage protest to the streets after rejecting the public broadcaster’s latest salary increase offer. By PUSELETSO NTHATE. SABC workers affiliated with the Communication Workers Union and Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union workers (Bemawu) are fighting for a higher salary increment after management and the unions failed to come… Continue reading “SABC Staff Use Labour Power to Interrupt Its Power to Broadcast [analysis]”

City Retirees Petition Mayor

Harare City Council retirees have written to mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni demanding that human capital director Dr Cainos Chingombe must retire as he has reached 60 years. They argue that council policy initiated by Dr Chingombe in 2014 retires employees on reaching the age of 60 and had affected some of them. But Dr Chingombe yesterday… Continue reading “City Retirees Petition Mayor”

NASCAR driver looks to race part-time this year and race in other series

Running one series, whether it be full or part-time, is enough for some, but others seek out multiple opportunities. Casey Mears has announced that he’s looking to race in the Red Bull Global Rallycross for the 2018 season but also would like to continue to race part-time in the Xfinity Series. If that’s not enough, he… Continue reading “NASCAR driver looks to race part-time this year and race in other series”

Ryan Zinke says he’s fired four people for misconduct, including sexual harassment

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that he has fired four senior management leaders at his agency and he’ll continue to fire people to weed out anyone guilty of inappropriate behavior. “I’ve already removed four senior leaders that were guilty of inappropriate behavior, and I will remove 400 more if necessary. Intimidation, harassment and discrimination is… Continue reading “Ryan Zinke says he’s fired four people for misconduct, including sexual harassment”

Some N.J. politicians may soon get bigger pensions

State lawmakers have resurrected controversial legislation that would allow some elected officials in New Jersey — like the well-connected outgoing mayor of Camden — to collect larger pensions. And it’s being fast-tracked in the state Legislature’s lame-duck session before a new governor and set of legislators take office in January. If signed into law, the Democratic-sponsored… Continue reading “Some N.J. politicians may soon get bigger pensions”

Israel strikes on Sunday

The Histadrut Labor Union and workers’ committees all over Israel will strike on Sunday until 12:00p.m. in protest of massive layoffs announced earlier this week by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The strike will include government offices, airports and sea ports, banks, the justice system, municipalities, and many other institutions. Hospitals will run as they do on Shabbat (Sabbath)… Continue reading “Israel strikes on Sunday”

Survey: 1-in-3 Interior Employees Say They Were Harassed

A survey conducted at the U.S. Interior Department found that 35 percent of its employees say they were harassed or discriminated against in the past 12 months. The anonymous survey of the department’s nearly 70,000 employees show 16 percent said they experienced gender-based harassment, 8 percent reported being victims of sexual harassment, and 9 percent described… Continue reading “Survey: 1-in-3 Interior Employees Say They Were Harassed”

Violent protests against Argentina pension reform force vote suspension

A trade union-organized march in Buenos Aires descended into violence Thursday, with thousands of protesters clashing with police as they demanded lawmakers reject a controversial pension reform plan. Military police used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators, who threw stones and burned barricades made of rubbish outside the doors of Argentina’s congress. Meanwhile… Continue reading “Violent protests against Argentina pension reform force vote suspension”

Labor dispute to shutter crossings with Gaza, West Bank on Sunday

By TOI staff Major crossings between Israel and the Palestinian territories are expected not to open on Sunday due to a labor dispute, halting the transfer of goods and preventing around 70,000 Palestinian workers from entering the country. Workers of the Defense Ministry’s Border Crossing Authority, which administers many of the border terminals between Israel, the… Continue reading “Labor dispute to shutter crossings with Gaza, West Bank on Sunday”

Teachers to shutter some schools over ongoing salary spat

By TOI staff High school teachers in the coastal cities of Herzliya, Ra’anana, Kfar Saba and Netanya will strike Monday as the teachers union continues its dispute with the treasury over better wages, the union announced. The teachers’ union representing high school staff wants an immediate monthly gross wage increase for starting teachers, from NIS 6,400… Continue reading “Teachers to shutter some schools over ongoing salary spat”

Jordan Labour Watch urges access of people with disabilities to labour market

AMMAN — The Jordan Labour Watch at the Phenix Centre for Economics and Information Studies on Saturday issued a statement on the employment of persons with disabilities, calling for the facilitation of their participation in the labour market. The position paper, released in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Amman, commemorates the UN’s International Day… Continue reading “Jordan Labour Watch urges access of people with disabilities to labour market”

Opioid crisis also imposes handicap on US economy

The scourge of the opioid crisis in the United States kills 90 Americans every day, but beyond the human toll it also handicaps the US economy, taking millions of people out of the workforce, economists warn. President Donald Trump has declared the epidemic a national emergency, as 2.4 million Americans are estimated to be addicted to… Continue reading “Opioid crisis also imposes handicap on US economy”

The education scam

In the print edition of the New York Times Magazine, there’s an ad. It features a fresh-faced young woman smiling straight into the camera, looking totally exploitable. She’s wearing a sweatshirt with $67,928 written across it in large letters. Above, on the left, is this question: “Why did she borrow $67,928 for tuition?” Below, is the… Continue reading “The education scam”

Using professionals for cities’ benefits

ZHAI HAIJUN/FOR CHINA DAILY Some second-tier cities are competing with not only each other, but also first-tier cities to attract talents. The governments of some second-tier cities are offering professionals local hukou (household registration), which is linked to all social welfare benefits, residential accommodation and cash subsidies. Thanks to the economic growth and industrial upgrading of… Continue reading “Using professionals for cities’ benefits”

Michael Flynn Will Keep Military Rank And Pension

After admitting to lying to the FBI while he was President Donald Trump’s national security advisor on Friday, Michael Flynn will not lose his military rank and pension. Despite his tarnished relationship with the military and never being able to hold a position in office ever again, Flynn will be able to keep his lieutenant general… Continue reading “Michael Flynn Will Keep Military Rank And Pension”

Dispute halts flow of Palestinian workers

Workers at the Ministry of Defense Crossing Points Authority yesterday announced that they would escalate their sanctions, following the breakdown in negotiations between them and the Ministry of Finance over improvement of their employment terms and recognition of them as employees of the Ministry of Defense. Starting today, the workers plan to close all of the… Continue reading “Dispute halts flow of Palestinian workers”

Kuwait launches program for disabled people in Tanzania

In time with the International Day of Disabled Persons KUWAIT: Kuwait launched a program to aid disabled people and those with Albinism disease in Tanzania, at a cost of $500,000 in time with the International Day of Disabled Persons which was marked yesterday. The program will be executed within one year in most Tanzanian cities including… Continue reading “Kuwait launches program for disabled people in Tanzania”

I Will Pay Salaries, Pension Arrears This Month – Kogi Gov

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has promised to clear the backlog of salaries owed civil servants and pension arrears of retirees this month. Governor Bello, who sympathised with workers and pensioners over their plight, also promised to commence prompt payment of salaries from January 2018. He made this comment yesterday at the commemoration of the 110th… Continue reading “I Will Pay Salaries, Pension Arrears This Month – Kogi Gov”

Teachers, Parents’ Joy As Dokora Axed

Teachers and ordinary citizens have revelled at the removal of Lazarus Dokora as Primary and Secondary Education Minister by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday. The unpopular minister was shown the exit during a surprise revision of Thursday’s cabinet appointments by Mnangagwa who retained the bulk of ministers who formed Robert Mugabe’s now defunct administration. Dokora, who… Continue reading “Teachers, Parents’ Joy As Dokora Axed”

In An Era Of Billionaire Media Moguls, Do Press Unions Stand A Chance?

On Nov. 2, billionaire media owner Joe Ricketts abruptly shuttered the digital news sites DNAinfo and the Gothamist, terminating 116 employees. Days earlier, these employees had voted 25 to 2 to join the Writers Guild of America-East, exercising their right to collectively bargain under the National Labor Relations Act. Ricketts did little to hide his motives.… Continue reading “In An Era Of Billionaire Media Moguls, Do Press Unions Stand A Chance?”