New Delhi: The claim of state governments of paucity of funds to take up labour welfare schemes now stands exposed. Several states including progressive ones like Gujarat, Haryana and Maharashtra have not utilized even one per cent of the huge construction cess that they have collected for this purpose in the past three years. In a written reply in Lok Sabha,
Manila: At least 200,000 workers in banana plantations in Davao region may be affected if the trade issue between the Philippines and China do not get resolved soon. Stephen Antig, President of Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association, said this number does not include workers providing other services such as hauling and packing. Diamond Suppliers Samara James...
India: The Madras high court has set aside an order of the labour court that directed the Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL), previously known as Madras Refineries Limited (MRL), to absorb the members of a trade union, numbering 381 workers, into the service of CPCL with retrospective effect from the date of their initial entry into the service of MRL Industrial Co-operative Service Society Limited (INDCO Serve) with resultant back wages and attendant benefits.
New Zealand: Employers will no longer have to reach a collective agreement during collective bargaining, under changes made to industrial relations laws, approved by Cabinet today. Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson said the changes include removing the requirement to conclude collective bargaining, allowing employers to opt out of multi-employer bargaining,
New Zealand: The Government’s plan to give employers more power to cut wages through labour law changes are backward-looking and represent another attack on workers, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.“Let’s face it, there’s never been any secret about the anti-worker, anti-union intent behind the Government’s planned labour law changes,” says EPMU national secretary Bill Newson.
Karachi: Panel hospitals of the defunct Karachi Development Authority (KDA) have restored medical facilities for the employees after the concerned department started clearing the outstanding dues of the hospitals. It may be mentioned here that medical facilities of KDA employees were suspended by their panel hospitals and laboratories owing to the non-payment of outstanding bills of last 11 months.
Africa: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said that macroeconomic policies and youth programmes aimed at promoting employment are essential if Africa is to sustain its recent economic growth. The ILO stated this at the just concluded World Economic Forum on Africa held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The international labour centre,
India: A thousand-odd youth from Punjab, Haryana and many other states are stranded in Sumbe, Angola, and can't return home as their travel documents have allegedly been confiscated by the multinational company they work for. Uncertainty looms over the labourers' fate, who work in a cement factory in Sumbe. Though the Indian embassy in Angola claims to be working to resolve the issue, none of its officials has met the helpless workers.
Kenya: Dock workers on Sunday vowed to strike even as business leaders and the port management accused them of pushing a political agenda.Officials of the Dock Workers Union endorsed the boycott to “pres s the management to employee 2,500 casuals permanently” as agreed last year. They accused Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) managing director Gichiri Ndua of working with Transport permanent secretary Cyrus Njiru to frustrate them.
Umuahia: Nurses and Allied Medical Workers at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, have embarked on an indefinite strike over non-payment of new welfare package approved for medical workers. Investigation by newsmen at the hospital, revealed that only doctors at the emergency department are attending to patients who have critical cases.