19 Aug 2017 Ferado

DSWD workers in Iloilo condemn Taguiwalo rejection

LOILO CITY—Employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Iloilo wore black as they held protest actions to condemn the rejection by legislators of the appointment of outgoing Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
READ: CA rejects Taguiwalo’s appointment
At least 200 DSWD employees of the agency’s Western Visayas office and from other national government departments joined a picket in front of the DSWD regional office from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday.
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“This is to express our condemnation of the decision of the Commission on Appointments to reject (Taguiwalo’s) confirmation,” said Leo Quintilla, president of the regional chapter of the Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines, the employees union of the DSWD.
Quintilla said the employees also wanted to express sadness over Taguiwalo’s non-confirmation.
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“She initiated and enhanced programs that benefited the poor. She also streamlined our services for quicker and more effective delivery and response.
Quintilla said employees have also appreciated the policy instituted by Taguiwalo upholding the role and primacy of social workers in assessing and determining those that will be given services by the department over those recommended or pushed by legislators and other politicians.
The employees were scheduled to continue their protest by lighting candles in front of the regional office after 5 p.m.

19 Aug 2017 Ferado

Two million employable Afghans still jobless

Afghanistan: The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) on Wednesday said that World Bank statistics show that more than two million Afghans who are eligible for work are either jobless or having no proper employment.

Meanwhile, the head of The International Labour Organization (ILO) in Afghanistan has asked the Afghan government to search for new ways to overcome the issue of unemployment in the country.

The remarks were made during a meeting between representatives of government and the ILO with the participation of a number of entrepreneurs and employment supporting institutions.

“If we curb the scale of unemployment in the country, this will help to decrease the gap between the people and the government and the economy will improve,” said Maroof Qaeri, head of the labour union.

“Afghanistan needs to organize national meetings on the issue of unemployment every year once or twice to seek ways on how to overcome the issue of unemployment,” said Manzoor Khaliqi, head of ILO in Afghanistan.

The Minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled said that unemployment is one of the biggest problems, but added that government is focused on investing in development projects and infrastructure to decrease the scale of unemployment.

He said that on average, more than 400,000 newcomers enter the work market in Afghanistan each year.

“There is the problem of entrepreneurship, but the private sector is the important platform in the employment sector, the government must take steps to expand the activities of the private sector in the country,” said acting minister of labour Faizullah Zaki.

Meanwhile, a number of labourers in Kabul have said that government does not have any comprehensive plan to create jobs and decrease unemployment.

“Every day we wait here till 4pm and return home with a lot of shame, what should we do,” said labourer Juma Khan.

This comes at a time that the leaders of the national unity government have persistently promised the Afghan public over the past three years that they will start mega projects in the country to overcome the issue of unemployment.

19 Aug 2017 Ferado

10 lakh officials to protest against banking reforms

New Delhi: Around 10 lakh bankers will go on strike on August 22 as talks between the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) on one side and Indian Banks’ Association, chief labour commissioner and the Department of Financial Services (DFS) failed on Friday, said a union leader.
The forum is an umbrella body of nine unions in the Indian banking sector.

The UFBU has given notice of a nationwide strike on August 22 to protest against reforms in the banking sector and other issues.

“The officials from IBA and DFS said there is no merger of government-owned banks or privatisation in the immediate future and urged us to withdraw our strike call. The talks were not satisfactory as there was nothing concrete coming from their side,” D Thomas Franco Rajendra Dev, general secretary of the All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) told IANS after the meeting.

He said that around 10 lakh bankers working in around 132,000 branches would be on strike on August 22.

19 Aug 2017 Ferado

Kidnapped workers of Chinese company recovered

Tank: Workers of a Chinese firm abducted from the Frontier Region of Tank a week ago, were recovered on Tuesday.
On August 9, four workers of the Chinese oil and gas survey company, PJP, were napped from the border area of FR Tank-Lakki Marwat district. The Chinese company is responsible for conducting a survey focusing on gas reserves in the area.

Supervisor Riaz, bulldozer operator Shaukat, driver Amir Mohammad Khan and private security guard Zaro Jan were reportedly among the employees who were kidnapped.

The kidnapped workers were recovered by the security forces in a search operation launched in the area on Tuesday, however, the kidnappers managed to flee, according to reports.

19 Aug 2017 Ferado

MUMBAI: Two associations representing more than 1,600 pilots plan to take India’s aviation regulator to court over a new rule, which requires them to serve a notice period of up to one year when they resign from an airline. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation introduced the rule on Wednesday.

“We had petitioned at the Bombay High Court even when the rule was in its draft stages. Then, we were told it was too early to appeal. Now that it’s been implemented despite a