27 Nov 2018 Ferado

NAVTTC forms private sector engagement cell

Islamabad: The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has established a dedicated private sector engagement cell at its headquarters to streamline the collaboration with the private sector.

The cell headed by the executive director of NAVTTC would be comprised of a director and four deputy directors which is mandated to ensure proactive liaison with the private sector partners.

According to a notification on the establishment of the engagement cell, this will help in advancing the cause of skill enhancement of the youth and would pave way for the employability of the graduates of the technical and vocational education and training sector.

An active role of the private sector in planning, designing and delivery of technical and vocational education and training is a prerequisite for producing skilled workforce according to the demands of the labour market.

The newly established cell would work for better coordination through the private sector engagement for access to quality skills training through various modes including on-the-job training.

NAVTC, being an apex body of the TVET sector in the country has given prime importance to the private sector which is essential to build a demand-driven TVET system in Pakistan for increasing youth employability and industrial productivity.

Federal minister for education and professional training Shafqat Mahmood has already inaugurated the National Skills Forum, a joint forum of NAVTTC and Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), which comprise of representative from industries, private sector and public sector organizations.

27 Nov 2018 Ferado

GB govt. approves weather allowance for employees

Gilgit: The Provincial Government of GB has approved provision of weather allowance to the employees of the government from November, said an official release here Tuesday.

The GB Finance Department in a letter to the AG Office directed payment of the weather allowance to the employees in November 2018 salary.

The Finance Department has released Rs471 million budget under the head of weather allowance to the employees.

It merits a mention here that the weather allowance provided to the employees from November-February was abolished by the government last.

27 Nov 2018 Ferado

Ensure workers get proper housing, Oman’s TU

Muscat: Employers who provide substandard living quarters for workers are being targeted by Oman’s trade union federation.

“Improving the living condition of workers is the obligation of the employer,” a spokesman for the General Federation of Oman Trade Unions said.

“An employer has the option of providing housing to workers or he/she may give the worker a certain allowance for housing,” said Yousuf Al Busaidi, the acting department head of legal and trade union affairs at the General Federation of Oman Trade Unions.

“In certain companies, the employer is forced to provide housing allowance, in addition to providing accommodation; this depends on the nature of the work and the location.” When employers provide housing, they must abide by the standards and specifications listed in the Occupational Safety Regulations governed by the Labour Code in Ministerial Decision 286/2008.

27 Nov 2018 Ferado

PFUJ forms NAC to fight for workers’ rights

Islamabad: Three factions of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) on Monday constituted a National Action Committee to fight for the media workers’ rights, including delay in salaries, retrenchment and freedom of the press.

“We will not allow the government and media owners to target the workers,” said the representatives of all the three factions of the PFUJ during a meeting at the Karachi Press Club.

The NAC, comprising president and secretary generals of all three PFUJs, Afzal Butt, Ayub Jan Sarhandi, Rana Azeem, GM Jamali, Nawaz Raza and Sohail Afzal Khan, would meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, the federal information minister, all media owners, APNS, CPNE and PBA to express their concern over the deteriorating situation in the media industry.

The meeting resolved that the present media crisis had threatened the freedom of press and basic, fundamental, economic and labour rights of over 25,000 media workers all over Pakistan.

25 Nov 2018 Ferado

Fix wages nationwide, labor groups tell Duterte

As the P25 minimum wage increase for Metro Manila workers took effect on Thursday, labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and affiliates belonging to a coalition called Nagkaisa urged President Duterte to form a presidential commission that would study the creation of a national wage fixing mechanism.

In a statement, FFW said the P25 wage increase, approved by the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, was “latest proof of how wages fixed under the mechanism deepens inequality rather than eradicate chronic poverty.”
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Fix wages nationwide, labor groups tell Duterte
By: Tina G. Santos – Reporter / @santostinaINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:28 AM November 23, 2018
As the P25 minimum wage increase for Metro Manila workers took effect on Thursday, labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and affiliates belonging to a coalition called Nagkaisa urged President Duterte to form a presidential commission that would study the creation of a national wage fixing mechanism.

In a statement, FFW said the P25 wage increase, approved by the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, was “latest proof of how wages fixed under the mechanism deepens inequality rather than eradicate chronic poverty.”

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It said the group and other Nagkaisa affiliates believed “the meager increase simply fits into the 1989 template” created by Republic Act No. 6727, which bases wage increases on employers’ capacity to pay rather than on workers’ standard of living.

FFW said during the presidential election campaign, Duterte recognized that setting wages by regions was a failure.

“He himself announced the need to overhaul the system,” said Sonny Matula, FFW president.

“But until today, no executive action has been done so far to walk his pledge,” Matula added.

Another labor group, Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), said workers were unable to feel the impact of the P25 wage increase because of inflation.
Alan Tanjusay, ALU-TUCP spokesperson, said the purchasing power of P25 nowadays was just P17.50.