Follow the news on Slovakia to go further February 22, 2019 Call for justice and accountability of state authorities on the anniversary of the murder of Ján Kuciak RSF_en It is imperative that all relevant state authorities take effective and consistent action to counter the lack of safety for journalists across Europe. In addition, in January 2019 the Slovak ruling party proposed a bill, which would amend the Press Act to reintroduce a “right of reply”. If passed, this provision would contribute to an increasingly hostile environment for the free press by providing politicians who are the subject of critical news with the means to censor unwanted criticism. We call on the Slovak parliament to reject this bill. Moreover, the Government of the Slovak Republic must not undermine trust in public institutions, including the now to be newly composed Constitutional Court. It is its duty to uphold the rule of law. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) News Ossigeno per l’informazione We seek justice for Ján Kuciak’s killing. We will keep pressuring until the perpetrators are found and duly convicted according to European standards. Organisation News People attend a protest named “For a Decent Slovakia” on the first anniversary of the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova on February 21, 2019 in Bratislava Index on Censorship We need answers to the following questions: We ask the Slovak authorities to carefully consider the resolution, approved by the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament on 19. February 2019, that includes a call on the Government of Slovakia to ensure the safety of journalists. When journalists report threats against them, the state is obliged to protect their life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. We are concerned that to date there has been no adequate investigation of possible state breaches in its protective obligation. SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeJudicial harassmentViolence However, a few months before he was killed, Kuciak reported threats against his person to the police. He published a post on his Facebook timeline on 20 October 2017 describing the absence of police actions after he had officially reported a threat by the businessman Marián Kočner. “It’s 44 days since I filed a threat … and the case probably doesn’t even have a particular cop [named in the case]”, his post reads. Since February 2018, we have closely monitored press and media freedom in Slovakia. We welcome the arrests of suspects who have now been charged in connection with Kuciak’s and Kušnírová’s murder. Article19 Association of European Journalists (AEJ) European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) The killing of Kuciak and Kušnírová shocked the European public and has had a chilling effect on other journalists. In an environment of intimidation, threats, political interference and impunity, investigative journalists have to fear for their lives to fulfil their work and report on corruption and other threats to democracy. The value of independent journalism and free media should not be put into question. Anti-media rhetoric from those in high office is unacceptable, all the more so after the assassination of Ján Kuciak. Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe” February 4, 2021 Find out more Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) On behalf of the undersigned media freedom organisations, representing thousands of journalists and human rights activists across Europe, we urge the Slovak authorities to immediately start examining state responsibility in the failure to prevent the assassination of Ján Kuciak. News PEN International SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeJudicial harassmentViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Receive email alerts RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Signed June 2, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more (ii) which steps, if any, they took to protect Kuciak from that threat; South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) Tomorrow marks a full year since Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were murdered in Slovakia. Kuciak was investigating cross-border corruption and links between powerful people and various mafia networks. (i) whether Slovakia knew, or ought to have known, of a present and immediate threat to his life; Help by sharing this information (iii) and what will be done to protect Slovak journalists in the future.
Top StoriesThroughout UP Cooks Being Paid Paltry Amounts Amounting To Forced Labour: Allahabad High Court Orders Increment As Per MWA Sparsh Upadhyay18 Dec 2020 8:15 AMShare This – x”Persons employed as cooks throughout the State of Uttar Pradesh are being paid such paltry amounts which clearly qualify as forced labour”, noted the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (15th December) while directing the State Government and UOI to ensure that cooks are not paid wages less than the minimum prescribed under the Minimum Wages Act. The Bench of Justice Pankaj Bhatia…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”Persons employed as cooks throughout the State of Uttar Pradesh are being paid such paltry amounts which clearly qualify as forced labour”, noted the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (15th December) while directing the State Government and UOI to ensure that cooks are not paid wages less than the minimum prescribed under the Minimum Wages Act. The Bench of Justice Pankaj Bhatia was hearing the plea of one Chandrawati Devi alleging that despite working as a cook for making mid-day-meal in Basic Primary School Pinesar, Basti since 2005, she was removed without any opportunity from 01.08.2019. She also alleged that since the appointment of the petitioner was made in the year 2005, the petitioner was paid monthly wages of Rs. 1000/- per month and, despite the petitioner having worked for more than 14 years, she was removed. Government’s Response When the respondents were called to file its reply “as to why and how the petitioner was being exploited for such a long time by paying a meager amount of Rs. 1000/- per month”, they placed before the Court, the Government Order dated 24th April, 2010. As per this GO, the wages for the cook, providing mid-day-meal, is fixed as Rs. 1000/- per month, out of which 75% is to be borne by the Central Government and rest 25% is to be borne by the State Government. The counsel for the respondents further brought on record a Government Order dated 14th August, 2019 to the effect that new incumbents are to be appointed as cook for providing mid-day-meal and preference would be given to the persons whose one of the child is studying in the school in question. Thus, it was argued that as the petitioner’s child was not studying in the school, she could not be considered for fresh appointment. It was also submitted that w.e.f. 09th March, 2019 the amount payable to the cooks has been enhanced from Rs. 1000/- to Rs. 1500/- per month Question before the Court The Court embarked upon the Journey to find the answer to the question as to whether the payment of wages at the rate of Rs. 1,000/- per month is another form of Forced Labour as barred by virtue of Article 23 of the Constitution of India or not? While relying on the Apex Court’s ruling in the case of People’s Union For Democratic Rights and Others v. Union of India and Others; (1982) 3 SCC 235, the Court concluded that the payment of wages at the rate of Rs. 1,000/- per month since the year 2005 up to 2019 to the petitioner was clearly a form of Forced Labour (prohibited under Article 23 of the Constitution of India). The Court also observed that the petitioner was “never in a position to bargain with the might of the State and continued to suffer the violation of a rights for a period of 14 years.” Court’s observations The Court observed that the instant case highlighted the manner in which “the practice of Forced Labour is prevalent in the country even after 70 years of independence and the helpless people similar to the petitioner continue to suffer the exploitation willingly.” Noting that the petitioner was ready and willing to even work at the rates prescribed by the State, if this Court allows the payment of wages as fixed by the State (Rs. 1,500/- per months), the Court said, “(The Court) would be clearly guilty of perpetuating the violation of the rights of the petitioner enshrined and guaranteed under Article 23 of the Constitution of India.” Further, the Bench said, “I am of the firm view that the Government Orders, referred to by the Standing Counsel being the Government Order dated 24th April, 2010 prescribing Rs. 1,000/- per month as wages and the Government Order dated 9th March, 2019 prescribing the minimum wages at Rs. 1,500/- per month are clearly a form of ‘Forced Labour’, which is specifically prohibited under Article 23 of the Constitution of India.” Thus, the Court held that the State had misused its dominant position in 13 fixing the wages as have been fixed by the two Government Orders to be paid to the cooks employed for providing mid-day-meal. Court’s order The Court issued a general mandamus directing the State to ensure the payment of wages calculating at the rate prescribed under the Minimum Wages Act to all the cooks employed for providing mid-daymeal in the Institutions run by the Government or Semi-Government bodies. The Court directed that the said cooks, including the petitioner shall be paid minimum wages calculated and payable for every month and year of services rendered by them w.e.f. 2005 till date by paying them the difference of the said amount, which is over and above Rs. 1,000/- per month. The State Government and the Union of India were further directed to take steps for issuance of directions fixing the rate prescribed under the Minimum Wages Act, as the wages which would be payable to the cooks employed for providing mid-day-meal in the Institutions run by the Government or the Semi-Government bodies. Lastly, the Court ordered that its direction shall be carried out by the District Magistrates in respect of all the cooks, who are working for providing mid-day-meal in the Government and Semi-Government Schools within their Districts. The said exercise of payment of the difference of the amount, as directed above, has been ordered to be made within a period of four months from the date of the Order. Case title – Chandrawati Devi v. State Of U.P. And 6 Others [WRIT – A No. – 9927 of 2020] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Posting Date Conditions Minimum Qualifications LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Assignment Responsibilities Department Location 1. Have a master’s degree in the language being taught ORBachelor’s in the language being taught AND Master’s in anotherlanguage or linguistics; OR, hold a California Community CollegeInstructor’s Credential in the discipline area; OR, theequivalent.*2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*Note: Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision mustattach details and explain how their academic preparation is theequivalent of the degrees listed above. Special Requirements Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). 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Posting Details Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo How and where to apply Physical Demands Open ContinuouslyYes Job Posting TitleTagalog Adjunct Assistant Professor All Positions: Offers of employment are contingent upon thesuccessful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom fromtuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in theUnited States prior to the first day of work. The District mayselect additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacanciesor needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. Wheneducation is a requirement for the position, official academictranscripts from the accredited college/university must besubmitted within 60 days of hire. AboutThe Los Rios Community College District ( LRCCD ) is the secondlargest, two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 4,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office in dozens of different departmentsthat provide welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environments forLos Rios students, employees and community partners. Each and everydistrict and college department strives for the highest quality inall programs, services, and activities, and is focused on improvingeducational outcomes for the students we serve.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associatedegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. 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NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (recommended).4. Two letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).**Note: Applications submitted without transcripts will bedisqualified. Also individuals who have completed college oruniversity course work at an institution in a country other thanthe United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreigntranscripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreigntranscript evaluation is required any time foreign course work isused to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even ifthe foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or universityin the United States.Foreign transcript evaluations ONLY accepted from AICE (Associationof International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (TheNational Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies orevaluators. 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Ginsters’ manufacturer Samworth Brothers remains embroiled in controversy surrounding alleged cuts to pay and conditions, which have been made in a bid to offset the impact of the National Living Wage (NLW).Channel 4 News claimed it had seen company documents confirming the cuts. Samworth has previously denied claims made by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) that it planned to make the cuts in order to lessen the impact of the NLW, which came into effect on 1 April.However, Channel 4 News claimed it had seen documents confirming that Samworth Brothers had written to staff at its Bradgate Bakery in Leicester, detailing a series of changes to working conditions and pay.These allegedly included cuts to bonuses – among them overtime and bank holiday pay. The number of work breaks would also be reduced, and the business planned to cut Sunday overtime rates from £13.78 an hour to £13.10 an hour from this June, according to the report. Further cuts in the rate were also planned, with £11.79 scheduled for 2017 and £10.62 for 2018.One break a dayOne unnamed worker told the programme: “Yes, our money has gone up, but they have taken our overtime down, and they are going to cut our breaks to one break a day.”A Samworth Brothers spokeswoman said: “Eighty-five per cent of our staff will see their overall pay rise as a result of the changes so, unsurprisingly, there has been a positive response from the majority of our staff.”In March, Keith Vaz MP met with Alex Knight, chief executive of Samworth Brothers, to discuss “grave concerns” about the food manufacturer’s wage proposals.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGeorge Will’s Feb. 25 column, “On Coerced union fees, Supreme Court can correct itself,” in regards to Janus vs AFSCME: I must say I agree in part with Mr. Will in regards to not having to contribute to funding any political lobbying if it is against one’s beliefs to do so. We must keep in mind that “lobbying” government can be to the benefit of all government workers.But what Mr. Will failed to mention is that some unions return a person’s portion of their “agency fee” that would have gone for that lobbying. He also failed to mention that portions of the “agency fee” are used to negotiate that person’s fair wage, health insurance and other benefits.Let’s go under the assumption that Janus wins. With this win, should those that are no longer fee payers negotiate their own contracts with the government entities? Should they negotiate the cost of their health insurance?If Janus wins, I feel it only fair to consider these people as non-union and not entitled to the benefits the union negotiate. Why should someone who doesn’t participate, even if it is a monetary contribution, benefit?Deborah BenderSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?