New Delhi

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.

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,