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Public Works employees demonstrate for unpaid wages

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews Public Works employees demonstrate for unpaid wages by: – November 18, 2011 Mr Thomas Letang (in the middle) demonstrating with members of his union. See photo gallery below)The employees of Public Works Corporation have staged another demonstration for delayed salary payments and salary deduction among other reasons.This morning, staff members along with union representatives were seen outside the Public Works Corporation’s office on Goodwill Road with placards demonstrating their concerns.General Secretary of the Public Service Union, Thomas Letang told reporters that they believe they have done everything humanly possible yet salary payment and deductions are delayed causing embarrassing and stressful situations for his union members.“We continue to experience the situation where people are working and not being paid fortnights upon fortnights they are not being paid and month end comes and month end goes and people do not get their salaries. We have done everything that we could do to really sick an amicable solution to these problems but it appears to us that some people are just not concerned as to what is happening at the Public Works Corporation; how employees are being seriously affected, you can look at some of the placards and they tell a story that they are not being paid and they cannot provide for themselves, they cannot provide for their families, a lot of uncertainty surrounds their jobs, we see projects going on and the corporation they are not getting work,” he said.A major concern for the employees of the corporation is that they believe they are being sidelined while other contractors are awarded contracts for ongoing road works and this places them at a disadvantage.According to Letang by staging this protest the employees are sending a clear message to the authority that enough is enough.“What you are seeing here this morning is just to send a clear message that we are fed up, that we want to work, that the employees have their commitments to the bank and at the end of the day some of them cannot meet those commitments, they have additional interest to pay, some of them are being threatened by legal action by some of the institutions and some of them they walk into the banks and institutions and cannot get a loan because nobody knows when their deductions are going to be made. Some of them they have insurance policies and you have to understand what that means; if you’re not paying your premium it means that your insurance can be cancelled, you get sick and believe that you are covered and you are not covered so therefore the problems are many and we believe that this morning we are just beginning, I repeat, we are beginning to send a message.”Here are a few photographs of this morning’s protest: [nggallery id=89]Letang also reported that he is “very happy that the members have decided to stand up, that they are fully behind the union and they are ready and the union is behind them 110%”.Meantime a female employee of the corporation says that protest should not be seen as a political one but as a protest over money issues and that they sacrificed their salaries for the implementation of an Asphalt Plant which has not brought any revenue to the corporation.“I love the prime minister, I put him there but I need my money. It is not a political issue it is a money issue for the public works workers and we are not getting work to do so we need work we need money. The monthly workers have not yet been paid for October and the fortnight workers haven’t drawn a fortnight. We sacrifice our salary to make asphalt for the Chinese to do the road and the Chinese refuse our asphalt that is our problem. I wouldn’t say that we are being betrayed by the government but we need our money; we have children to send to school, we have our bills to pay like everybody so we need our money,” she said.She further explained that there have been instances where the government has assisted vendors during the off-season while employees who have worked are unpaid.“When the tourist boats don’t come for two months the prime minister is paying the people, we work we’re not getting paid – we need our money. When the hurricane passed and it destroyed the vendors thing in the market, the prime minister giving them money we work – we want our money.”Another employee explained that the corporation is not receiving enough projects to make it a viable entity and that the government has left them in the cold.“We’re not getting paid on time and not getting viable projects so that Public Works can be a viable entity. Public Works is struggling right now because a lot of projects going on all around the country but where is Public Works? Public Works is a government institution. They have left us in the cold to fend for ourselves and yet we are government, that is not right and we are saying that we need to be treated better than that and we need viable projects so that we can be a viable entity,” he said.The union representative did not indicate what their strategy is moving forward, but he did indicate that they have exhausted all means to get the matter resolved and are at a point where they believe that they have had enough unfair treatment.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

RTÉ and Sky retain GAA TV rights

first_imgMeanwhile, the GAA has also announced that its broadcast agreement with 20 local radio stations around the country, including Tipp FM, will continue as before. The state broadcaster will televise 31 games a year with Sky showing 20 matches, 14 of them exclusive.Both stations will show the All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals.The new agreement begins next year and will continue until 2022.last_img

Paul George’s Clippers debut expected Thursday against New Orleans

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates There’s been no outright “warning” to the league articulated by the Clippers ahead of Paul George’s arrival this week – likely to come Thursday in New Orleans, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes – but that’s not to say Doc Rivers’ team isn’t licking its chops in anticipation.After Rivers offered a coach’s hat-tip to Nick Nurse and the Raptors for setting traps all game for Kawhi Leonard that effectively held him to a season-low 12 points in the Clippers’ 98-88 victory Monday, Rivers took pleasure in knowing that George’s presence will help keep opposing defenses honest.The six-time All-Star wing – who officially is listed as questionable on the Clippers’ injury report ahead of their game in Houston – has missed the Clippers’ first 10 games while finishing his rehabilitation from offseason shoulder surgeries.“Just imagine when you have Kawhi and Lou (Williams) and Paul and a team tries to trap you, with Trezz (Harrell),” Rivers said. “You’re gonna pretty much get what you want.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Leonard made it clear after Monday’s victory that, regardless of complaints by fans or anyone else, he’ll do what he believes is best for his health, and ultimately, for the Clippers’ prospects moving forward.“You just can’t buy into what people are saying,” Leonard said. “My health is No. 1. That’s what’s gonna make us be a better team, make me be healthy, so we’ll just see how things go.”SHAMET UPDATEAn MRI on Tuesday determined that starting shooting guard Landry Shamet avoided serious injury, suffering a Grade 2 high left ankle sprain, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. No timetable for Shamet’s return has been announced.Related Articlescenter_img Shamet was injured while defending a drive by his former Wichita State teammate Fred VanVleet with 1:45 left in the third quarter.Immediately after the game, Rivers said he didn’t yet know the severity of the injury to his second-year sharpshooter, who had to be helped off the floor and then later left the locker room on crutches.Shamet, who also suffered a left wrist injury this preseason, is averaging 9.1 points and shooting 39 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from 3-point range. He’s cooled off after a sensational rookie campaign in which he shot 43.1 percent overall and 42.2 percent from beyond the arc. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers forward Moe Harkless marveled at what inserting George into the Clippers’ plans will mean, especially defensively: “That’s another guy who on both ends of the floor is a truly phenomenal player, man. And defensively, I don’t think he gets enough credit (although) he’s always in the running for All-Defensive team.”The impact George will make on the already imposing, improving Clippers – who went 7-3 against the league’s second-strongest schedule thus far, according to ESPN – is easier to predict than Leonard’s availability this week.It remained less clear whether George’s debut, if it does come on the second night of a back-to-back set of games, will occur alongside Leonard, or whether Leonard will play Wednesday in Houston and miss Thursday’s game in New Orleans as he continues to manage an injury to the patella tendon in his left knee.Leonard is not listed on the team’s injury report, but if he was a load-management scratch Wednesday, his three absences all would have been nationally televised on ESPN.The Clippers entered the season scheduled to have 11 games apiece broadcast on ESPN and TNT, and four on ABC (Ch. 7) – a significant spike from last season, when the team sans All-Stars didn’t initially figure at all into ABC or ESPN’s plans (ESPN picked up a pair of games during the season) and was on TNT just three times. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more

Tumwater Auto Spa Celebrates Earth Day

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Tumwater Auto SpaApril 22 has been designated Earth Day.  Each year a new theme is chosen to encourage citizens of the world to think about the choices they make and how they affect the health of our planet.  This year’s theme is Trees for the Earth.  This theme was chosen to encourage cities and individuals around the world to consider the important role trees play in a healthy Earth.   Not only do trees provide beauty to the world around us but they help us have healthier and cleaner air as they filter out harmful CO2 from our atmosphere.Earth Day is a time to reflect on our habits and how they impact our planet.Earth Day Network continues monitoring the Billion Acts of Green by asking individuals to share their stories in video, pictures, and in written form about how they are making choices in their daily lives that make planet Earth healthier.  These Acts of Green include such daily activities as choosing to wash your clothes in cold water, picking up garbage in your community or taking your vehicle to a commercial Green certified car wash instead of washing it at home.  This year it may include planting a new tree and truly working toward this year’s theme of Trees for Earth!When you wash your car at home you are putting soap and dirt, as well as oil, grease, solvents, nutrients, and metals into our local bodies of water.  While most individuals who wash their own cars at home do not think that the simple act of washing their car has a negative impact on the environment when just the opposite is true.  A survey in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties found that almost 40% of all residents were still washing their cars at home.  Just think about the amount of harmful pollutants that are being sent into local storm water drains which flows unfiltered into our streams, rivers, lakes and ultimately into Puget Sound.Washing your car at Tumwater Auto Spa is an environmentally conscious choice.You can do your Act of Green by making the simple choice of using a commercial carwash instead of washing your car at home.  Tumwater Auto Spa located at 6040 Capital Blvd., Tumwater, WA has been awarded “Green” status among carwashes in the area.  Over 85% of the water used to wash your car is being recycled and reused at Tumwater Auto Spa.  The oil, grime, dirt and soap flowing off of your car as it is being washed are filtered by their state-of-the-art reclaim system.  The only water that finds its way into the local sewer system is water that is free of these contaminants!Tumwater Auto Spa also has a fundraiser program that will work with your club or organization to still have carwash fundraiser but without doing damage to our local water systems.  Make the right choice—make the green choice by using your neighborhood commercial carwash.  Do your part this year as together we create Green Cities!last_img read more