Employment

Minimum Wage Hike Backfires with Less Employment

Anchor: The government this year raised the country’s minimum wage by 16-point-four percent to an hourly rate of 7-thousand-530 won or about seven dollars an hour, the steepest annual increase since the year 2000. It was a controversial move– sparking concern that higher wages could cause decreased hires and layoffs. President Moon Jae-in called for countermeasures to deal with the possible fallout but it appears the difficulties have already begun.  Our Oh Soo-young has this report.  Report: A university in…

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Ministry of Labour to investigate employers’ reaction to Bill 148The Brock Press

Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn has announced that the Ministry of Labour will hire up to 175 new inspectors to enforce the new regulations found in Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017. In a statement to the press at Queen’s Park, Flynn said the Ministry would be investigating employers for alleged violations of the new labour laws. “[The employer’s actions] clearly contravenes the legislation,” Flynn told reporters. “It’s not just mean-spirited, it’s illegal.” This move from the…

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Tamil Nadu announces Rs 750 crore for retirement dues of transport workers

By: PTI | Chennai | Published: January 10, 2018 4:54 pm hief Minister K Palaniswami urged the agitators to withdraw the seven-day-old agitation. (File Photo) In an effort to pacify striking transport corporation workers, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday announced that Rs 750 crore would be released this week towards retirement benefits, with Chief Minister K Palaniswami urging the agitators to withdraw the seven-day-old agitation. Making a statement in the state assembly, he said the amount would be given…

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Rail workers ‘standing firm’ during strikes in driver-only trains row

Rail workers were said to be “standing firm” in the latest wave of strikes over the role of guards as the Government was accused of being more interested in protecting the profits of train operators regardless of the impact on services and safety. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on South Western Railway (SWR), Arriva Rail North (Northern), Merseyrail and Greater Anglia walked out for 24 hours following action on Monday, with another stoppage due on Friday.…

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Employment in Australia slows down following job ad low

The last month of 2017 saw significantly fewer jobs advertised in Australia than its preceding months, and the same time the previous year. Figures released in ANZ’s survey of job ads revealed there had been a 2.3 per cent decline, with just 167,656 positions advertised in December. Despite consistent month-to-month growth throughout the year, jobs advertised slowed right down to an annual low of 0.3% at the end of the year. Volatility in the market and strong employment growth could…

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Trump is right to take credit for black unemployment drop

There’s plenty to celebrate in the December Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing black unemployment at 6.8 percent, the lowest ever since they started reporting the data in 1972. President Trump tweeted out his excitement and, of course, took credit for the good news. Has there ever been a politician who didn’t take credit for good news on his watch (or rationalize away responsibility for bad news)? The president’s detractors, of course, wasted no time in challenging him, pointing out…

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NLC set to protest workers sack by Kaduna Govt

Ayuba Wabba, NLC president Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba says the congress is set to protest against the sack of about 36,000 workers by Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State. Wabba, who said this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja, recalled that the Kaduna state government sacked 21,000 teachers, 4,000 local government workers and 8,000 workers from various state ministries, departments and agencies, including tertiary institutions. He described the action as an act of impunity against…

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Taiwan Has the Best Employment Outlook?

In a new year when the global economy is expected to grow and employers are planning to hire more, how come laborers are not responding accordingly to this seemingly prosperous job market? According to a survey from the American recruiting firm ManpowerGroup, Taiwan has the most optimistic employment outlook for the first quarter of 2018. The global economy is expected to improve this year, with employers in 41 out of the 43 surveyed countries or regions planning to expand recruitment.…

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Americans’ Optimism About Job Market Hit Record High in 2017

Story Highlights 56% viewed job market positively in 2017, up from 42% in 2016 Confidence in job market buoyed by Republicans since Trump’s inauguration 40% of unemployed adults seeking jobs rated job market as good WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ optimism about finding a quality job averaged 56% in 2017, the highest annual average in 17 years of Gallup polling and a sharp increase from 42% in 2016. Coinciding with rising optimism, the U.S. unemployment rate fell from an average 4.9%…

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Chinese firm and local miners resolve labor dispute

BISHKEK (TCA) — Miners’ unions in Kyrgyzstan and the management of China’s Full Gold Mining have come to an agreement in a labor conflict at the company’s mine in southern Kyrgyzstan. Full Gold Mining said on January 5 that it was dismissing 370 Kyrgyz miners who were working at the Ishtamberdi mines in the Jalal-Abad region, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reported. Regional officials said that the miners had refused to accept amendments to their contracts that would have decreased their salaries.…

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Suspension of work in two Jalpaiguru tea estates, 2,000 jobless | Kolkata News

JALPAIGURI: The managements of two tea gardens in Jalpaiguri district – Sylee and Hila – have put up a ‘suspension of work’ notice leaving over 2,000 workers jobless for now. At Sylee, the suspension notice was served on Sunday evening, while the notice at Hila was given on Monday morning. In both the cases, the top management officials left the gardens after issuing the notices. Spread over an area of 1,020 hectares, the Sylee tea garden of the Malbazar block…

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Labor pounces on Scott Morrison’s negative gearing ‘lie’ after release of secret briefing documents

Exclusive by political reporter Dan Conifer and FOI editor Michael McKinnon Updated January 08, 2018 09:30:33 Federal Labor’s negative gearing overhaul would likely have a “small” impact on home values, official documents reveal, contradicting Government claims the policy would “smash” Australia’s housing market. The previously confidential advice to Treasurer Scott Morrison from his own department said the Opposition’s plan might cause “some downward pressure” and could have “a relatively modest downward impact” on prices. What they said about Labor’s negative…

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Kogi retires eight Perm Secs, Directors, dismisses 1,774 other workers –

The Kogi State Government on Sunday confirmed the compulsory retirement of eight permanent secretaries, some directors and dismissal of 1,774 others from the state civil service. The News Agency of Nigeria gathered in Lokoja that the affected staff were served their letters last December. The letters were signed by the state Head of Service, Deborah Ogunmola, and the Chairman of the Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Ado Shaibu. A copy of the retirement letter addressed to one of the affected…

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Labor says Treasury document shows negative gearing claims ‘outright lies’ | Australia news

Labor has released a Treasury document that states its negative gearing policies could cut house prices in the short term but, over time, the impact will be “relatively modest”. The opposition has seized on the document, released under freedom of information, as proof the government exaggerated claims that changing the tax treatment of property would be a “sledgehammer” to the economy. Before the 2016 election Labor promised to restrict negative gearing to new homes and reduce the capital gains concessions…

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3 Reasons Workers Aren’t Changing Careers — and What to Do About Them

If you’re like most workers, there may come a point in your career where you find yourself wondering whether you’ve actually chosen the right field. In fact, a good 58% of U.S. workers are looking to switch careers, according to a University of Phoenix study. The problem? They’re facing barriers they’re struggling to overcome. What’s stopping us from changing careers? It’s never easy to leave your job and bounce over to a completely new field. But according to the aforementioned…

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In morning tweets, Trump touts job numbers and takes digs at news media

President Trump used Twitter on Saturday morning to tout a drop in the unemployment rate for African Americans. He also used the tweets as an opportunity to take digs at media outlets whose past coverage he has found to be critical. The unemployment rate for African Americans fell to 6.8% in December, the lowest level since the government began tracking such data in 1972. The reasons range from a greater number of black Americans with college degrees to a growing…

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