Some farmers won’t test their workers for Covid-19. Enjoy your blueberries | Editorial
For migrant farm laborers in South Jersey, this season is the cruelest yet. They already work under the most grueling of conditions, and when you factor in lifestyle — toiling elbow-to-elbow in packing houses, riding in overcrowded buses, and sleeping in cramped dorms that could house up to a hundred people — they’re as vulnerable to coronavirus spread as nursing home workers and the prison population.So as picking season ramps up, it would be prudent to mandate all farm workers to be tested, which is strongly advised in guidelines the state set for growers more than a month ago.Some farms, ho...
Japan voices concern over U.S. work visa halt
Japan has expressed concern to the United States over its decision to halt the issuance of some types of work visas, arguing the move could not only hurt Japanese companies but also the U.S. economy, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday."Japan invests in the United States and builds factories there, procures parts and establishes distribution channels, making an extremely big contribution to employment and the overall economy," he said at a press conference."We have communicated concerns that the visa halt could affect this," he said.On June 22, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an...
Coronavirus: Emirati girl, 8, honoured for making masks for workers
Dubai: A Grade 2 Emirati student who stitched face masks from clothes she did not use for workers was honoured by the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs in Dubai (PCLA) for her community gesture.Major-General Obaid Muhair Bin Surour, chairman of the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs in Dubai (PCLA) and deputy director-general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, welcomed Hessa Abdullah Al Yasi, 8, and her father to honour her after her father posted a video showing Hessa making the masks and distributing it to workers during the movement restriction...
Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority quashes rumors of bank account freezes
RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) on Monday quashed rumors it would freeze bank accounts of expatriate workers whose incomes did not match the standard wage of their professions.The authority used its Twitter account to debunk the reports circulating on social media and denied they had any basis.It said banks in the Kingdom follow regulations regarding accounts of all customers and take measures only in accordance with the appropriate laws and instructions. Saudi lawyer Bayan Zahran said spreading rumors such as these on social media is a punishable crime subject to anti-cybe...
Emilia Clarke: The NHS 'saved my life' after brain haemorrhage
Emilia Clarke has sent her thanks to the NHS workers who "saved [her] life" after she suffered a brain haemorrhage. The 'Game of Thrones' star has endured two health scares in 2011 and 2013, and in an open letter to the UK's National Health Service (NHS) to mark the institution's 72nd anniversary, Emilia thanked the team of staff who made sure she was never "truly alone" during her ordeals. In the lengthy message, which was shared by The Sunday Times magazine, she wrote: "The memories I will hold dearest, though, are ones that fill me with awe: of the nurses and doctors I knew by name when, in...
The social workers’ strike
Our hearts are with the thousands of social workers who began an open-ended strike on Monday to protest what they describe as “a collapse of social services” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.Estimated to number 23,000, the social workers have halted social services in government ministries and local authorities, demanding the Finance Ministry open negotiations over their desperate work conditions.They have been complaining for months about an overload of cases, low pay and a spike in workplace violence, made worse by the pandemic. Over the past month, they have marched from Tel Aviv to ...
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Next stage of recovery
By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2020-07-06 06:17"The number of audience members per show will be less than 400 and each show will last no more than 80 minutes without breaks," Wang adds.He notes the plan to offer free shows to medical workers has been on the table since as early as February, when the city was in the darkest days of its battle with the novel coronavirus."I've read lots of news about medical workers in Wuhan's hospitals and I was touched by their sacrifice," Wang says. "We want to express our gratitude to them with music."The opening concert was staged by the Wuhan Philharm...
Israel's El Al to become leaner after government bailout
El Al’s fate is expected to be decided in the coming days, with the Israeli airline looking to reach a deal with workers on job and spending cuts to get government aid, Reuters reports.An official at El Al, which has put almost all of its 6,500 workers on unpaid leave and suspended passenger service, told Reuters that its board will choose between two proposals.Avi Edri, chairperson of the transport workers union at the Histadrut labour federation, said 2,000 job cuts are likely, as well as salary reductions to pilots.“Without (government) money El Al will go bankrupt,” Edri said. “We don’t ha...
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FOCUS: Japan single mothers, female "nonregular" workers hard hit by virus
Single mothers and women with less secure jobs in Japan have seen their employment opportunities upended as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.For many of them, maintaining their income levels while attending to their children's needs as stay-at-home moms or women living alone is proving a formidable task.Based on a labor market survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in April, the employed population of women dropped by 530,000 from the same month the previous year to 29.30 million -- the first such downward shift in over eight years.Experts emphasize the need to...
Moscow Honors Delivery Workers With a Monument
Moscow got a new monument this morning — one that may be the first of its kind.The monument is in honor of the more than 60,000 couriers whose work made it possible for Muscovites to self-isolate during the pandemic.The monument was commissioned by some of the companies most reliant on delivery workers: Ozon, Perekrestok.ru (part of the X5 Retail Group), Azbuka Vkusa, Dodo Pizza and Delivery Club. The companies, which worked with Possible Group to bring their idea to fruition, explained their choice in a joint statement that read, in part, “Many towns across the world are preparing to install ...
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