13 Jun 2018 Ferado

7th Pay Commission: Over 23 Lakh Pensioners To Get Benefit Up To Rs. 18,000

INDIA: The government has revised the pension limits of teaching and non-teaching staff of central and state universities under the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. This decision will benefit 25,000 current pensioners of central universities and University Grants Commission (UGC)-maintained deemed universities, the government has said. Approximately eight lakh teaching and 15 lakh non-teaching staff who have retired from state public universities and affiliated colleges – that wish to adopt or have adopted pay scales prescribed for Central Universities – will also benefit from the decision.

“This order is applicable in only those cases where such pension schemes have already been adopted with prior approval of Government of lndia/ Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)… lf the university/ college has fixed the pension in a manner different from the above formulation, the same may have to be reworked by the concerned university/ colleges and necessary adjustment be made,” according to an official communication addressed to the Secretary, UGC.

11 Jun 2018 Ferado

Labour ministry denies car empowerment claim

Nigeria: The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has denied a trending news item that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in partnership with the African Development Bank is empowering youths with Peugeot cars.

The denial was contained in a statement by the spokesman of the Ministry, Samuel Olowookere.

Olowookere said: “This claim is false, unfounded and an attempt at defrauding innocent Nigerian youths.

“The general public is hereby warned to disregard this claim as anybody who transact with this fraudulent individuals does so at his or her own risk.

11 Jun 2018 Ferado

Child domestic labour termed modern form of slavery

Lahore: Civil Society organisations working for promotion and protection of children’s rights in Punjab Friday reiterated their demand to put a ban on child domestic labour and termed it a modern form of slavery.

The demand was put forth during a provincial consultation titled ‘A way forward to prohibit child domestic labour in Punjab’ arranged by Search For Justice in collaboration with Labour and Human Resource Department and National Commission for Human Rights.

Search For Justice Executive Director and child rights activist Iftikhar Mubarik said that two major laws to deal with menace of child labour were enacted in 2016 by Punjab Assembly but enacted laws were not covering child domestic labour.

Mubarik also shared with the participants a UN committee report observations, recommending Pakistan to establish mechanisms for systfematic and regular monitoring of workplaces, where children are employed, in order to prevent ill-treatment, abuse and exploitation.

He said that the committee had also recommended Pakistan to develop programmes and mechanisms to identify and protect child victims of forced labour, particularly bonded labour as well as child labour in informal sector, including domestic work.

He further added that the UN Human Rights Committee had also recommended Pakistan to take all measures necessary to put an end to child labour through rigorous enforcement of laws on child labour and strengthening labour inspection mechanisms.

“During Universal Period Review (UPR) held on November 2017, Pakistan had accepted a key recommendation made by Republic of Korea asking Pakistan to strengthen monitoring of its domestic labour to eliminate practice of bonded labour and unlawful child labour,” he maintained.

All participants unanimously declared that abuse and exploitation of children as modern-day slaves could not be tolerated

6 Jun 2018 Ferado

RBC TUA demands respect for workers rights in the Caribbean

amaica: Caribbean Trade Unions who are affiliates of UNI FINANCE are demanding that RBC workers throughout the Caribbean have the right to union protection in the region.

This is intended to ensure that Trade Union rights for RBC workers are protected and respected and ensure their right to freedom of association, union recognition and a workplace free from fear and victimization.

The Unions from Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and the Bahamas who represent RBC and other bank workers in the Caribbean have identified numerous breaches of basic good industrial relations by banks, especially by RBC in the region.

The RBC Trade Union Alliance of UNI Americas met in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 21-22, 2018, to discuss common strategies to combat violations of the rights of bank workers who simply want to do their job efficiently and receive fair remuneration and decent terms and conditions of employment consistent with ILO Conventions, the provisions of their Collective Agreements, provisions of labour law and establish industrial relations principles and practices.

The RBC Trade Union Alliance, fully supported by UNI Finance and its three (3) million workers worldwide repudiates any strategy, which includes the use of anti-union practices, and not allowing workers to raise their standards of living and working conditions.

When workers in the region exercised their right to take collective actions, they faced consistent anti-union behavior, intimidation and victimization.

The Trade Union Alliance is now strongly demanding that Royal Bank of Canada commits to a relationship devoid of these anti-union practices throughout the Caribbean region. The Trade Union Alliance invites RBC management to engage in an open and genuine dialogue with its workers’ chosen representatives, by meeting with the respective unions as a united group.

6 Jun 2018 Ferado

There are still 152m victims of child labour: ILO

Geneva: The Director General of International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, yesterday warned that there are still 152 million victims of child labour worldwide and called on the international community to work together to achieve total eradication of juvenile workers by 2025.

Ryder, while addressing world leaders at a press conference to mark the 2018 World Day against child labour with the theme: “Generation Safe & Healthy and the 20th Anniversary of Global March against Child Labour,” in Geneva, Switzerland, acknowledged that progress has been made in the past 21 years but warned that there is still a long way to go to eradicate child labour in all its forms.

“There are still 152 million children victims of child labour, that is, almost one in 10 in the world. Of those, almost half are in hazardous work. We need to recognise that progress made has been very uneven.

“Target 8.7 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda calls for the elimination of child labour in all its forms by 2025 and of forced labour by 2030”, he said.

According to the ILO Director-General, the eradication of child labour requires an integrated approach that tackles deep and systemic causes of child labour and does not focus only on treating the symptoms.
He contended that the latest ILO estimates indicate that there are 25 million victims of forced labour worldwide.

“The goals to eradicate the 25 million victims of forced labour cannot be clearer as well as the uncomfortable reality that if we do not do more and better, we will not achieve them,” Ryder warned.

“As we celebrate the World Day Against Child Labour and the 20 years of the Global March today at the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference, we must turn this renewed commitment into accelerated action and consign child labour to the dustbin of history, once and for all.”

It would be recalled that in 1998, seven million people marched across five continents to demand for the ILO Convention 182 against worst forms of child labour.