Tag: workers

Jamaica

Jamaica Rakes In US$1.2 Billion From Tourist Arrivals Since The Start Of The Year

Since the start of the year, tourists continue to show up on Jamaican shores in vast numbers. Consequently, the island has earned US$1.2 billion from 1.1 million visitor arrivals since the start of the year. According to Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, arrivals are much higher than last year. “That performance is seeing a 22 per cent increase in our earnings, […]

Jamaica

Jamaica’s Opposition Party Leader Calls For Contract Workers To Get Benefits

Dr. Peter Phillips, the People’s National Party led Opposition Leader in making his contribution to the Budget Debate recently stated that a PNP government under his watch will end contract employment as it seeks to create a more equitable society. Dr. Phillips said contract employment denies workers the rights and benefits won for them by the trade union movement. He […]

Jamaica

Wanted — More Jamaican Workers!

Jamaica’s Minister of Labor and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, has disclosed that senior executives of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), the second largest cruise company in the world, have advised that they need more Jamaican workers. Minister Robinson said, “In discussions with some of the top brass of RCCL, which included the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean International, Michael […]

COMMENTARY

Are You Better Off Today Than You Were Four Years Ago?

Them belly full but we hungry A hungry mob is an angry mob A rain a-fall but the dirt, it tough A pot a-cook but the food no ‘nough — Bob Marley Karl Marx defines the working class as individuals who sell their labor for wages and who do not own the means of production. This, of course, includes both […]

NEWS

The Philippines In A Rift With Kuwait Over The Abuse Of Filipino Workers

Kuwait has expressed strong disapproval regarding the conduct of Philippine Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa, charging “inflammatory comments,” and “inappropriate behavior.” This follows Philippine diplomatic staff, who were seen in a viral video rescuing an abused Filipino domestic worker. According to a press report, Kuwait served protest notes to Villa and summoned him. The report noted that a spokesperson for the […]

NEWS

Upheaval in Nicaragua Over Pensions Reform

The Nicaraguan government has come under fire in its attempt to introduce new legislation that will see a rise in pension contributions for workers and employers and reduced overall benefits. Consequently, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the government’s action. According to reports, ten people have been killed as pensioners, students, and workers clashed with the police […]

NEWS

Cuba Proves Again To Be A Friend Indeed!

In light of hurricane Irma which has caused havoc and left thousands of people devastated in the Caribbean region, Cuba has proved once again to be a friend to its sister countries in the Caribbean region. More than 750 health workers have left the shores of Cuba to bring medical help to the people of Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis, […]

COMMENTARY

President Obama Warns Of A Second Government Shut Down

President Obama in his weekly address lauds the efforts of the labor movement that have worked over the years to ensure that workers today are able to enjoy an eight-hour workday, 40-hour workweek, weekends, overtime, and the minimum wage. He also pointed to safer workplaces, health insurance, social security, medicare, and retirement plans as some of the gains fought for […]

COMMENTARY

Exploitation Of Workers By Nail Salon Owners Demands Law Makers Attention

In a heart rending and one of the best pieces of investigative reporting, the New York Times writer Sarah Maslin Nir turned the torchlight on workers in the nail salon industry. Nir’s report brought media attention to the poor conditions under which workers have worked for years and continue to endure until now in the nail salon industry. She noted […]

Government POLITICS

Fighting for Trade Deals that Put American Workers First

President Obama, in his weekly address, noted that new trade deals are important to American values as well as vital to middle-class economics “The idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules,” said the President. “These are simple values. They’re American values. […]