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first_imgThis week’s International newsOlympics in jeopardy as builders walk out Greece’s preparations for the Olympics hit a further stumbling block afterconstruction workers went on a 24-hour strike over pay. Thousands ofconstruction workers in Athens did not turn up for work after rejecting a 3.2per cent pay rise. The General Confederation of Labour trade union is demandingan 8 per cent hike in wages. Commenting on the employers’ pay offer, the unionsaid: “If these provocative positions are maintained, a conflict will beinevitable with all its consequences for the country’s priorities ahead of theOlympic Games.” The strike took place on the same day as the ceremony tomark the arrival of the Olympic flame in the Greek capital. German engineering giant sheds 2,500 jobs Siemens, the German engineering company, says plans to offshore jobs tocounter mounting competition from Asia and high domestic labour costs willaffect around 5,000 staff. The company, one of Germany’s biggest employers,will cut 2,500 jobs in the country as a result of the plans, and another 2,500local staff will have to change job or location, a company spokesman said.Siemens employs 170,000 staff in Germany, but has cut 35,000 jobs worldwide inthe past three years and 60 per cent of its workforce is now abroad. Lastmonth, Gerhard Schrîder, the German Chancellor, called offshoring‘unpatriotic’. Chinese graduates desperate to show ‘skills’ Female graduates in China are getting so desperate for jobs that some areattaching revealing photos of themselves to their CVs, together with details oftheir dancing and drinking abilities. The China Daily newspaper reports thatgender bias means female graduates are often shunned for jobs and so areturning to ever more imaginative ways to entice potential employers. Some womenare pictured in mini skirts or bikinis, while others tell of their abilities inthe field of singing and dancing, according to the newspaper. China has equalopportunities legislation, but Beijing Municipal Women’s Federation said therewas “a lack of implementing measures to help achieve that goal”. US economy bounces back with new jobs The US economy created 308,000 jobs in March, the largest monthly increasein four years, and shattered the 200,000-per-month gain expected in times ofeconomic recovery. The news comes after repeated attacks by presidentialcandidate John Kerry, who had criticised low job creation under George Bush andthe Republicans. The unemployment rate rose from 5.6 per cent to 5.7 per centas more workers came into the market, according to the US Labour Department.”Today’s employment report clearly demonstrates the positive impact thePresident’s pro-growth economic policies are having on job creation,” saidUS treasury secretary John Snow. Call for rights for Ireland’s migrant workforce The Human Rights Commission and the National Consultative Committee onRacism and Interculturalism have called for government action to tackle theexploitation of migrant workers in Ireland. The two groups launched a reporttoday recommending ways to make government policy friendlier to migrants andways to integrate foreign workers into Irish society. Maurice Manning, thepresident of the Human Rights Commission, said such workers should be treatedas human beings rather than economic entities. He also said human rights mustbe a key feature of the Irish Government’s proposed immigration legislation. International newsOn 13 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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