Each of Berlin’s administrative districts have been affected some way by the strikes, although the impact has been uneven. Officials have confirmed that disruptions were set to affect hundreds of schools and kindergartens, while some registry and administrative offices across the city would also close or operate with a minimized staff. The demonstrations have continued in locations across the city as workers have argued for better pay and conditions. Officials told the Berlin Morgenpost that it was difficult to determine the extent of the strikes, as many workers had not informed their employers as to whether they’d decided to take strike action or not. Some had planned for workers to attend morning rallies before returning to work in the afternoon. Schools and kindergartens across the city had prepared skeleton staffs to deal with emergencies, but had encouraged parents not to send their children to school without checking whether or not the school or … [Read more...] about Strikes shut down schools and offices across Berlin on Wednesday
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Photo: BXXXD via Wikimedia Commons Tilburg local council and NS have put together a compensation package for over 800 jobless people who were exposed to the highly toxic chromium 6 paint, broadcaster NOS reports. The affected workers, who were all unemployed, were taking part in a reintegration project which ran between 2004 and 2011. They were put to work in a workshop in Tilburg where they had to remove paint from old trains destined for the rail museum. The paint contained chromium 6 which can cause cancer. Although the dangers of working with the paint were signalled at the time they were not told of the risks and did not wear protective clothing or masks. Last week a committee investigating the scandal said Tilburg council, the Dutch rail museum and NS subsidiary NedTrain are responsible for the damage done to their health Tilburg local council and NS announced this week they will give €7,000 to each of the people who may have been in contact with chromium 6 and between … [Read more...] about Jobless put to work with poisonous paint to get compensation
Maureen Groppe and John Fritze and Micaela Watts USA TODAY Published 4:56 PM EST Jan 25, 2019 WASHINGTON – The pain experienced by hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have gone without paychecks for more than a month was part of the pressure that led to Friday's deal to reopen the federal government for three weeks. Federal employees will get back pay but not it's not clear how long that will take. Plus, Bureau of Prison psychologist Dr. Genevieve Grady said there's a big misconception that federal employees' problems go away when the shutdown ends. "That's wildly untrue," she told the Salem Statesman Journal, noting that financial losses and credit scars will remain long after paychecks resume. And federal contractors, who have also been affected, will not be compensated. While both President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders expressed support for federal workers, it remains to be seen whether they can … [Read more...] about Despite deal to end government shutdown, federal workers still hurt.
One of the country's highest-profile youth workers has accused the authorities of failing the family of seven-year-old Joel Urhie, who died in his family home last August in an arson attack, saying the boy "should be alive today". Gwenton Sloley used to work for Lewisham Council but has left the local authority and is now embroiled in a bitter disagreement with the police which he says began in the aftermath of Joel's death. Today he has spoken out for the first time about how he believes the council, police and probation services let the family down. He also said that for raising questions about the conduct of the authorities in the run up to Joel's death there has been a "witch hunt" and he has been "targeted" by the police. Mr Sloley, who has trained police officers and children's services around the United Kingdom, told ITV News that: "I was in the meeting and all the services were there, so everyone knows and everyone knew that the family needed help." As a member of the … [Read more...] about ‘He should be alive today’: Youth worker tells ITV News authorities failed to protect seven-year-old Joel Urhie
Good morning and welcome to the first Business Breakfast live blog of 2019. It's January 2 and I'm Jonathon Manning. The business team's live blog brings you all the breaking news from across the North East, the UK and beyond - basically anything and everything from the world of business. Trade union Unite has revealed that workers from collapsed outsourcing giant Carillion faced a hugely complicated task of claiming their redundancy pay. Part of the trouble was caused because of Carillion's structure, which was made up of a large number of separate companies. This meant that many employees did not know the correct name of their employer. The engineering firm's collapse led to the Government paying out more than £50m in redundancy pay to the company's former workers. If you'd like to contribute, tweet at @jnlbusiness to share your opinions, drop me a line at [email protected] or tweet me at @JonnyAManning. Also, we've launched a ChronicleLive business group on … [Read more...] about Business Breakfast LIVE: Carillion workers faced ‘unduly complicated’ system to get redundancy pay