3 Jun 2018 Ferado

Labour Dept fraudsters nailed‚ after 7yrs in the courts

South Africa: Three former employees of the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund were found guilty in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court this week of defrauding the fund.

The trial of Maxwell Ramaphosa‚ Samuel Mfeleng and Kgabo Johanna Methi started in 2011.

Ramaphosa and Mfeleng were found guilty on 10 counts of fraud and money laundering. Methi was found guilty on three counts of fraud.

Department spokesperson Teboho Thejane said the trio defrauded the department’s fund of R476‚150 by colluding with physiotherapist Jones Mothemola Modau.

They siphoned money from the fund by creating false claims and channelling the money into Modau’s account before sharing the loot.

Modau pleaded guilty in March 2012 and was handed a sentence of three years of correctional supervision.

In another case‚ Ramaphosa and Mfeleng were found guilty in 2016 of defrauding the Compensation Fund. The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years.

The fund is a public entity under the administration of the Department of Labour and provides cover to workers injured on duty or who contract diseases at work.

3 Jun 2018 Ferado

Unions demand better conditions for hotel workers

Cyprus: Trade unions Sek and Peo today urged Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou to step in and protect workers as the majority of hotels do not recognise collective agreements, leading to “unacceptably low levels” of wages and benefits.

The unions said that unless something is done they will take dynamic measures.

In a memo sent to Emilianidou, the two unions said hoteliers have proven to be “unreliable in their agreements and their promises”, despite the constant compromises workers make to support the country’s competitiveness in the tourism and business sectors.

“Therefore, beyond our own efforts to protect the workers and their rights, as per the collective agreements jointly signed, we call on you and your ministry to interfere decisively for the protection of workers,” the unions said in the memo.

The labour ministry, the memo said, is obliged to take specific measures for peace and normality in the sensitive tourism sector following the conditions created by the economic crisis at the expense of workers. The memo said the unions have sent several letters to the ministry about the problem but nothing has been done.

Poor working conditions and low wages, the trade unions say, are the main reasons hoteliers find it hard to find staff and end up employing people from third countries.

“We consider that, with the application of the collective agreement by all hoteliers, the necessary motivation will be given to find suitable staff among the thousands of unemployed, who reach about 10 per cent,” they said.

They also asked for pay scales to be legally established, along with the 13th month’s salary and an end to the “mockery of fixed wages as per each employer’s wishes”. The unions also want employers to be obliged to pay for provident funds after an employee has compled six months of service in the hotel industry or 18 months of continuous seasonal employment. They also called for increased penalties for violating the regulations.

1 Jun 2018 Ferado

My election will help unionization of women workers: Labor union DİSK’s first female chair

ISTANBUL: The first ever female chair of the Confederation of the Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK), Arzu Çerkezoğlu, has said she will help strengthen the fight of women workers in unionizing and increasing their representation in the union.“The fight for unionization in Turkey is difficult, and being a woman makes this struggle harder,” Çerkezoğlu told daily Hürriyet at the leftist union’s Istanbul headquarters. “I have been in this movement since 1992. We have struggled for unionization everywhere. There were a lot of difficulties. We were fired from our jobs, we were oppressed. But we won every struggle we fought for. And in this struggle, to see women change and flourish made me happy. Women in Turkey may seem secluded and always at home, but they are always at the forefront of the unionization fight,” she said. Çerkezoğlu replaced Kani Beko after he quit the post to run as MP for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the June 24 snap elections.

DİSK, one of Turkey’s biggest labor unions, announced the election of Çerkezoğlu on May 29. Çerkezoğlu was elected by the chairs of 22 member unions of DİSK, including two women and 20 men. She will serve as DİSK chair until Feb. 13, 2020. Çerkezoğlu was born in 1969 in the eastern Black Sea province of Artvin and studied at Istanbul University’s Medical School before starting to work as a physician in 1994. Çerkezoğlu previously served as the first woman secretary-general of DİSK, which was established in 1967.

“I have a daughter in university. The struggle is at the center of my life, but of course I have a normal life too, a job, and a family life,” Çerkezoğlu said.Turkey, DİSK, labor union, Çekezoğlu

1 Jun 2018 Ferado

LHWs besiege D

BAHAWALNAGAR, May 31: Score of lady health workers (LHWs) besieged deputy commissioner’s (DC’s) office on May 30 in protest at the registration of a case against 800 health workers and suspension of 14 of them, including seven health supervisors.

Lady health workers from across Punjab arrived in Bahawalnagar to participate in the protest on the call of Health Workers Union (LWU) Punjab president Rukhsana Anwar. They set up camps outside the DC office

On the occasion, LWU district president Afia Jabeen alleged that no work could be done at the deputy commissioner’s office without giving bribe to his staff to complete the release of their pending salaries.

She urged the administration to pay their pending salaries, cancel the FIR against health workers and restore the suspended ones.

1 Jun 2018 Ferado

Ex-govt employee not paid pension for one year

JHANG, May 31: A grade-IV employee of the Punjab Building Department, who retired from government service in May 2017, is running from pillar to post for his monthly pension and other post retirement benefits.

M Saeed, resident of Mohallah Jalalabad Jhang Sadr, served the department as a plumber (BS-01) since his appointment as work charge servant in 2004. As per policy of the government, his services were regularised as per the Labour and high courts’ verdicts since 2016. He said after attaining the age of superannuation, he had to be retired from service on July 2017 but the department took no heed in issuing a retirement notification required for releasing pension. After waiting for one year, he appeared and submitted an application before Chief Justice Saqib Nisar in Supreme Court Lahore Registry for justice.

The Supreme Court’s Human Resource Cell directed the C&W Department to immediately expedite the pension matter.