Going newsround

first_imgGoing newsroundOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Mike Broad reports on what’s happening in HR around the worldEU directive forces rapid employerresponseEmployer bodies are urging companies to rapidly comply with the finalversion of the European directive on information and consultation agreed lastmonth. The new directive means that employers will have to inform and consult withstaff over changes to the business, such as restructuring and redundancies. Companies in the UK have until 2005 to implement the directive, but DianeSinclair, employee relations adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development, said employers who do not already comply should be examiningtheir approach to consultation now. “If companies act now to establish adequate procedures for informingand consulting their staff they may avoid having to set up a works council in ahostile environment,” she said. In a victory for UK business, EU countries have been given the right todecide which enforcement measures are used to ensure compliance. European unions push for pay risesFrance’s socialist-led governmentheaded off a wave of protests by the police in December by making bigconcessions on wages and working conditions. Other disgruntled professions areexpected to push large pay claims following the ease with which the concessionswere won. In Germany, the powerful metal workers’ union IG Metall hascalled for a pay rise of between 5 and 7 per cent this year, sparking concernsthat high wage settlements may delay the country’s economic recovery.Klaus Zwickel, chairman of IG Metall, believes the pay rise canbe met due to increasing profits in recent years. The wage negotiations in themetals and electronics industries, which are due to start in mid-February, willset the trend for pay negotiations in the chemical and service sectors.Gesamtmetall, the metal industry employers’ association,dismissed the demand as ignoring “economic reality”. But the unionappears unlikely to settle for less than 3 per cent. Economists criticised the union for endangering Germany’seconomic recovery. Klaus Friedrich, chief economist of Dresdner Bank, said:”Tougher international competition means companies are unable to pass onhigh wage increases to consumers via price increases.”www.ft.comEuro success paves way for more economic reformsEuropean policy makers are pushing for further economic reformsin the eurozone following the new currency’s successful launch. Rodrigo Rato, economy minister in Spain and new chairman of theeurozone’s group of finance ministers, claimed that people’s enthusiasm for theeuro showed they would support reforms to increase economic growth andemployment. He said: “This shows Europeans want economic changes asmuch as they want euros.”Rato identified the modernisation of goods and labour markets,more efficient and flexible tax systems and full integration of financialmarkets as important tasks. www.ft.comVenezuelan president stands firm on ‘revolutionary’ business lawsVenezuela’s president is refusing to change a range of‘revolutionary’ laws that are being opposed by businesses, unions and civilgroups. Thousands of businesses closed for a one-day strike in Decemberas staff and employers protested against a package of 49 laws decreed by PresidentHugo Chavez in November. Business groups, the Venezuelan Workers’ Confederation and arange of opposition civil movements claim the laws will curb investment, damagethe economy and lead to fewer jobs. The laws include one that allows the government to expropriateagricultural estates that are deemed to be unproductive, and another that willincrease royalty taxes in the crucial energy sector.www.ft.comWork conditions improve under trade investigationAn investigation into Cambodianclothes factories has led to improved working conditions and greater respectfor workers’ rights. The International Labour Organisation investigated staffworking conditions in its new role of monitoring the trade agreement betweenCambodia and the US. The trade agreement offers a 14 per cent increase in Cambodia’sexport entitlements to the US, providing it meets the ILO’s core labourstandards. The investigation also found that while some employees areover-worked and their unions face discrimination, there is no evidence of childor forced labour.The agreement is subject to annual review by the US Government.Juan Somavia, director-general of the ILO, believes moreenforceable standards are needed. “The global trade economy needs a floor of core labourstandards. It could take five years but labour rules are going to bethere,” he said. www.ilo.orgJapan cuts costs with job share arrangementsJapanese companies are embracing jobshares for staff to cut costs and stabilise employment levels, according to thehead of Japan’s largest employer association.  The unemployment rate hit a record 5.5 per cent in Japan inNovember, but Nikkeiren chairman Hiroshi Okuda believes it is unlikely to risefurther because of the willingness of companies and staff to explore jobsharing arrangements. Okuda, also the chairman of Toyota, said: “The Japanesepeople have been giving their support to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi eversince he took office.””There are a variety of work-sharing and management-labouragreements being developed that will involve wage cuts.”He predicts that the Japanese economy will recover in thesecond half of 2002. “In the world economy, there have been indications ofJapan being swallowed by China. Japan must maintain superiority intechnology-oriented manufacturing and nurture human resources withcreativity,” he said. www.japantimes.co.jpUK directors top European pay leagueHR directors in the UK are the highest paid in Europe, researchby HR consultants Towers Perrin shows. The Worldwide Total Remuneration Survey claims that the averagebasic salary for an HR director working in the UK is 179,382 euros(approximately $159,478) – a year-on-year increase of nearly 11,317 euros. Whenbonuses and share options are taken into consideration, the average annual paypackage rises to 351,768 euros. Belgium comes next with an average total package worth 340,119euros. HR directors in France, averaging 239,606 euros and Germany 253,312euros, lag behind.However, European pay levels are way behind those in the US,where the average is 507,232 euros.Damien Carnell, principal of the executive compensation unit atTowers Perrin, said: “The US has a high-pay, high-performance culture andcompanies are quick to restructure and move people on if their performance isnot good enough – this is why it has the highest productivity globally.” www.towers.comA happy boss means productive staffBusiness leaders’ moods affect staff performance andconsequently the bottom line performance of their organisations, claimsresearch in the Harvard Business Review.The two-year study shows that dynamic and inspirational leaderscreate more productive employees, who believe any challenge is surmountable.However, bad-tempered, ruthless bosses create organisations full of negativeunderachievers.Emotional leadership is the most important task of chiefexecutives, claims the study. It calls on business leaders to perform afive-step process of self-reflection and planning to understand the impact oftheir moods and behaviour on their organisation.The questions executives should ask themselvesinclude: Who do I want to be? Who am I now? How do I get from here to there?How do I make change stick? And who can help me?www.hbsp.harvard.eduUK is a nation of full-time slackersMore than half of working time in theUK is spent unproductively, according to a recent study. The research, by management consultants Proudfoot Consulting,shows that in the UK 52 per cent of work time was spend unproductively,compared to 43 per cent in US, France and Germany. Inadequate or over complicated management was the singlebiggest cause – at 62 per cent – of lost work time among the 1,568 staffsurveyed. Low morale accounted for 17 per cent of lost time. www.proudfootconsulting.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Aladdin Will Fly to the White House & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Aladdin Will Fly to the White HouseNormally it’s Aladdin who lets the genie out of the lamp, but on July 7 it was the First Lady! Michelle Obama tweeted the news that the cast of hit Broadway musical Aladdin will be performing at the White House’s Kids’ State Dinner this Friday. We’re sure that Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart and everyone present will have a shining, shimmering, splendid evening!Ryan Andes Joins The Wild Party for Encores! Off-CenterRyan Andes, who made his Broadway debut in 2013’s Big Fish, has joined the cast of Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party for Encores! Off-Center series. He steps in for the previously reported John Ellison Conlee in the role of Eddie. The production, set for July 15 through 18 at New York City Center, will star two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, Steven Pasquale, Brandon Victor Dixon and Miriam Shor.Debargo Sanyal & Josh Hamilton Set for WTFDebargo Sanyal (Nurse Jackie) and Josh Hamilton (Proof) have been tapped for Mike Bartlett’s An Intervention at Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer. The pair join the previously reported Justin Long and Betty Gilpin in the dual casting.Taye Diggs on Hedwig, Heels & His BootyIncoming Hedwig and the Angry Inch headliner Taye Diggs recently stopped by Live! With Kelly & Michael to chat about the rehearsal process for taking over for Darren Criss. “My booty looks nice,” Diggs said about wearing the internationally ignored song stylist’s heels, “but I don’t get it!” He also revealed: “I will be amazing, but I’m petrified!” Check out the interview below and then Diggs at the Belasco Theatre from July 22. View Commentslast_img read more

Wicked Star Jonah Platt Is Broadway.com’s Next Vlogger

first_img Wicked from $95.00 His reputation’s so scandalacious, and we’re about to see why. Broadway newbie Jonah Platt will grab a camera and show us around Wicked with a new vlog. Hope you’re thrillified, because Fiyero Time: Backstage at Wicked with Jonah Platt is coming to Broadway.com on November 16.Platt will show us around the Gershwin Theatre, where he rocks some tight khakis, glides where turf is smooth, romances a green girl and more. Expect appearances from his co-stars, including Rachel Tucker and Kara Lindsay.Platt has appeared on the Los Angeles stage in Scream: The Unauthorized Musical Parody, American Idiot, Hair, Floyd Collins and Bare. He’s the older brother of Broadway alum and noted kite enthusiast Ben Platt, who may or may not make an appearance.Fiyero Time will begin November 16 and run every Monday for eight weeks. Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Partnership and Camaraderie, the Key to Fighting Fires in Central America

first_imgBy Maria Pinel, Joint Task Force Bravo Public Affairs May 16, 2017 Thirty four firefighters from all across Central America, came together here from April 24th – 28th to participate in Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experiences exercise, also known as CENTAM SMOKE, and train in firefighting techniques with their U.S. counterparts from Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron Fire Department. Since 2007, JTF-Bravo has trained more than 700 firefighters from Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize through CENTAM SMOKE, a four-day training event that takes place twice-a-year at Soto Cano Air Base. The exercise is physically demanding and is also extremely rewarding for all participants since it provides an opportunity for all firefighters to work as a team and build relationships among partner nations. “We are very happy to be sharing experiences with our U.S. counterparts through CENTAM SMOKE, and also having the opportunity to be sharing with counterparts from different countries in the region,” said José Sarabia, from the Honduran Fire Department. The team of highly qualified U.S. instructors provides four days of intense fire and rescue training that will develop team building cooperation skills, as well as improve partner nation firefighting capabilities and disaster response coordination. “Trust is the foundation of teamwork. This is very important when you have to combat a fire whether it is an exercise or an emergency,” said Master Sgt. Jerome Williams, assistant chief of training, 612th ABS Fire Emergency Services. Training includes safety, personal protective equipment, structural and helicopter live fire evolutions, basic medical training, vehicle extrication, and aircraft familiarization; practices and new techniques that all participating countries can take back to their home units. “This is a really gratifying experience for us. We are acquiring new knowledge such as combating aircraft fires; we didn’t have this experience and we are grateful to have had this opportunity,” said Sarabia. All nations come together to share mutual experiences and learn from each other while acquiring new knowledge, better preparing them to face adversity together, maintaining readiness and preparation for a natural disaster or fire response. “The fire does not care. Building that trust and camaraderie quickly is important for CENTAM SMOKE to be a success. We only have 1 week to maximize the effectiveness of this event for everyone involved,” said Sgt. Williams. CENTAM SMOKE is the only operational training event currently hosted at Soto Cano, which involves all seven Central American nations and the U.S. for functional testing and team-building exercises.last_img read more

Zanzibar reach Cecafa Cup semis

first_imgRwanda took the lead in the 18th minute when Innocent Nshuti connected a Fitina Omborenga right cross to hit a low shot into the side netting.Daniel Lyanda put Tanzania on level terms ten minutes when he rose above the Rwandan defence to head in the equaliser.However substitute Abeddy Biramahire killed off any Tanzanian resistance when he scored the winning goals in the 65th minute to ensure Rwanda’s first win in the championships.Rwanda coach Antoine Hey has stated he is merely using the Cecafa Challenge Cup to prepare his experimental side for next month’s African Nations Championships (CHAN) finals in Morocco, the competition that exclusively features players who play in the national championships and not abroad.Share on: WhatsApp Zanzibar national teamNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Zanzibar reached the semi-finals of the Cecafa Cup on Saturday after holding Kenya to a goalless draw in their Cecafa Cup Group A clash in Machakos.Both teams missed opportunities to collect three points, with the hosts having the dominant possession for the better of match but they could not break down the Zanzibari defence.Zanzibar became the first team to reach the semi-finals, with a seven-point total.Kenya occupy second spot on five points, and must now beat bottom team Tanzania on Monday to reach the last four.Three-time winners Tanzania were knocked out of contention when they lost 2-1 to Rwanda in the early Group A match played at the same venue.last_img read more

Steel Sensations…An active March in Pittsburgh

first_imgNewly acquired Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell answers questions during a news conference at the NFL football teams headquarters in Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Mitchell signed a five-year deal with the Steelers. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the last couple of weeks; you noticed the Steelers have been quite active with their roster leading into the free agency period. They managed to make several cost cutting moves while keeping the bulk of the roster intact.  But what does all of this mean?First we need to examine what they’ve done. The team decided to make immediate salary saving impacts by releasing offensive lineman Levi Brown (who never even played a down for them after he was traded for last season), cornerback Curtis Brown, linebacker Larry Foote and then just this week, one time super star linebacker LaMarr Woodley.Both Curtis and Levi Brown were obvious cuts as they added nothing to the team. Woodley, while providing so much to the team from 2008-2011 became expendable after he couldn’t seem to shake the injury bug the past few years. His salary was far too high for the production he was putting up.Foote was a little less obvious. His salary was only 1.5 million dollars; he’s a veteran leader and still has some gas left in the tank. He missed all of last season due to injury but it seems he should have been kept to help groom Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones. Instead, he became a cap casualty.Additionally the team restructured the contracts of Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller.Each player was entering the final year of their current deal before the team stepped in, restructured both and gave each player new three year deals, ideally keeping both in the black and gold for life.  Heath makes a little more sense than Troy in this case. While both are still players who can contribute, Troy is clearly  in the sunset of his career and three years may be ambitious.Pittsburgh also managed to talk Ike Taylor into dropping his 2014 salary from 7 million to 2.75 million without giving him any additional years or a bonus. Proving he’s a true team player, Taylor eagerly signed the contract, ensuring he’d stay with the only team he’s ever known.To add to the restructures the team re-signed back up safety Will Allen and young up and coming linebacker Jason Worilds. Worilds signed his one year transition tag but the team clearly plans on signing him to a long term deal.As the team entered free agency on Tuesday they also made a quick splash by signing former Carolina panther free safety Mike Mitchell to a five year deal. Mitchell put up a very strong 2013 and is seven years younger than Ryan Clark, who is now guaranteed to leave. Nobody expected Clark to be back but many thought the job would go to Shamarko Thomas, instead the team went a surprising route.What do all of these moves mean?  It’s actually pretty obvious. Agree with it or not, the Steelers are sticking with the idea that they are not a team who is rebuilding but rather a team who is in it to win it. They think they have the pieces to win now and they are doing their best to build around those pieces.Oddly enough, their most important piece, Big Ben Roethlisberger, hasn’t been a part of any moves as of yet. With only two years left on his current deal and big salary cap hits applied to those years, it only makes sense to restructure his contract. Will that happen, and if so, when?Only time will tell. Just as only time will tell if the Steelers moves here in March will pay dividends next season and beyond.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more