Donegal Senator calls for support for hospitality workers “tips” Bill

first_imgSenator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to support a Sinn Féin bill which aims to give hospitality workers a legal right to their tips when it is debated at Report and Final Stage in the Seanad tomorrow.The Protection of Employee Tips Bill, introduced by the Sinn Féin group in the Seanad would make it illegal for an employer to withhold, deduct, or demand the return of a tip from an employee without a lawful excuse.The Bill would also require employers to display their tipping policy either on their menu or in another suitable manner so that customers have transparency with regard to whom and how their tip is distributed. The Bill has received cross-party support to date and Sinn Féin are pushing for the Bill to be enacted in both Houses of the Oireachtas by the Autumn of this year.Senator Mac Lochlainn said “This is a simple Bill which would give protection to employees who work in the hospitality sector. Most people are surprised to hear that workers do not, in fact, have a legal right to their tips. The public are also shocked to hear that research produced in 2017 highlights that one-third of all tips are stolen by employers on a regular basis.“There’s a broad consensus in society that workers should have a legal right to keep the tips which they earn. The Sinn Féin bill has also received tremendous support from the trade union movement, particularly from ICTU. Good employers have nothing to fear from this Bill. There’s no downside to this for anyone, unless you happen to be a bad employer who dips their hand in the tip jar.“The bill already has full support from Labour, Civic Engagement, and many Independents. If this cross-party support extends to Fianna Fáil & Fine Gael, we can pass the Bill through both Houses of the Oireachtas by the Autumn which would ensure that workers’ tips are finally given legal protection”. Donegal Senator calls for support for hospitality workers “tips” Bill was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BilldonegalSenator Padraig MacLochlainnSinn FeinTipslast_img read more

Travel Alert: Extra care urged following heavy fog warning

first_imgMet Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Fog Warning for tonight as dense fog is expected to develop over all parts of the country.The warning is in place from 4pm on Friday until 10am on Saturday.The national forecaster states that mist and fog during the night will form with some dense pockets of fog developing later. It will also be a cold night with lowest temperatures of  0 to 3 degrees with some frost risks.AA Roadwatch is warning motorists to be on alert: “Drive with extra care, using fog lights, but don’t forget to turn them off when they’re no longer needed.”Travel Alert: Extra care urged following heavy fog warning was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

49ers re-sign NaVorro Bowman for retirement purposes

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers are formally granting NaVorro Bowman’s wish to retire from the NFL via their roster.Bowman, a four-time All-Pro linebacker with the 49ers from 2010-17, was re-signed Monday as part of a plan to place him on the reserve/retired list Tuesday or later this week.Dwayne Harris #17 of the New York Giants carries the ball as NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers defends in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 11, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo …last_img

VWSA secures new export order

first_img16 March 2009Volkswagen South Africa has celebrated the export of its 375 000th vehicle with news of an increased export order for approximately 6 000 Polos destined for Europe.Volkswagen South Africa MD David Powels described the extended Polo export order as a “mini windfall”.“Our factory was set to shut down completely during the weeks before and after the Easter weekend,” Powels said in a statement this week.“These plans have now been cancelled, and we will run full production due to this increase in export demand.”German auto industry supportThe increased export order is a direct consequence of the German Auto Industry Financial Support Package, which includes a €2 500 (about R32 269) payment to any driver who buys a new, low-emission passenger car and scraps an existing car that is over nine years old.“The short-term demand created by the support package has resulted in Volkswagen SA’s receipt of the order for incremental export Polos,” Powels said. “In view of the current uncertain business climate, we welcome this new development.”Reduced productionHe said that over 40% of Volkswagen South Africa’s total planned production volume in 2009 would be exported.“However, the situation in the global and domestic markets remains extremely volatile and depressed,” Powels cautioned. “As a result, our total overall production for 2009 is approximately 30% down on 2008.”Volkswagen SA’s initial export of vehicles occurred in the early 1990s with the clinching of an export deal for 12 500 left-hand drive Jettas destined for China.It then proceeded to win orders for third-generation Golf GTIs to the United Kingdom, a significant order for fourth-generation Golfs to Europe and, in 2004, started exporting Polos and new Golfs to the Asia Pacific region.Following on its Jetta export heritage, the company secured the order to export the latest Jetta model in May last year to countries including Australia, Japan and Great Britain.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Companies Should Take Charge of the Potential Toxins in Common Products

first_imgBy DANA CORDELL, DENA FAM, and NICK FLORINEditor’s note: The authors are Australian. Every year thousands of new contaminants enter the market in common consumer products and are washed down our drains without treatment. They end up in the water we drink, the fish we eat, and other marine life. These contaminants are lawfully produced and sold by the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.Contaminants can range from microbeads and nanoparticles in cosmetics, to microthreads or cancer-causing NPEs and phthalates in synthetic clothing and flame retardants. They can also be antimicrobials and endocrine disruptors from our medication.Regulations are unable to keep up with the barrage of potentially dangerous contaminants entering the market. Instead, we believe companies should take more responsibility for the damage they cause our environment and public health, by making sure their products aren’t toxic before they hit the market. Should You Worry About PFOA in Your Water?Adopting a Green Lifestyle Ten Things You Need to Know About the New U.S.Chemicals LawIs There Lead in the Water of Your Green Building?Study Linking Autism to Vinyl Flooring Stokes Phthalate Debate RELATED ARTICLES U.S. researchers have identified some 80,000 chemical contaminants in wastewater sludge, while the European Union has identified at least 140,000. It is hard to say how many exist in Australian wastewater, but given that Australian consumers buy and use similar products to Americans and Europeans, we can safely assume broadly similar levels.This makes for a vast range of substances for regulators to consider. Furthermore, restricted pollutants, such as bisphenol A (BPA), can be substituted with compounds that haven’t attracted the same level of scrutiny. Current guidelines mostly focus on a narrow list of “mainstream” contaminants, such as heavy metals like lead and mercury.The environmental risk is increased by the changing ways we manage solid waste and wastewater, especially as waste is increasingly diverted for use in energy and food production. We need to act on the potential threat of chemical compounds in our wastewater that don’t break down or become concentrated in higher quantities as they move up the food chain. And wastewater contaminants are typically much harder than solid waste to trace back to their original source.The potential impacts on the environment, human health, and infrastructure are broad and in many cases unknown. Some contaminants can exert their toxic effects in local aquatic ecosystems very quickly. An example is the impact of estrogen on the feminization of fish.While other countries have begun regulating these hazardous compounds, we are falling behind. A Greenpeace report, Toxic Threads, singled out Australia as at risk of becoming the dumping ground of the Western world.Presently, much of the burden to manage these risks falls on wastewater service providers, environmental protection authorities, regulatory bodies and ultimately ratepayers. However, we have the opportunity to transform how we manage tens of thousands of emergent and existing contaminants. We have the potential to involve the companies that produce these contaminants in their responsible life-cycle management to ensure environmental and public health is maintained. Extending responsibility to producersThese companies can take a lesson from the solid waste sector. A good example is the EU, where manufacturers of everything from cars to carpets can be legally required to take back their products at the end of their life. This is known as “extended producer responsibility,” or product stewardship.A U.N. project, Chemicals in Products, helps fill in knowledge gaps along product supply chains to ensure potentially hazardous chemicals can be traced back to their source. In Australia, more than 20 predominantly voluntary industry-led initiatives promote active responsibility for products across their lifespan, including after they have been discarded.These schemes can help to drive innovations in product and process design, such as building computers and refrigerators for easy disassembly and reuse. Currently, such rules only apply to solid waste products, but the federal government’s Product Stewardship Act (2011) is soon to be reviewed. There’s an opportunity to expand this type of extended producer responsibility approach to a broader range of products and contaminants that end up in wastewater to better share management and the burden of clean-up among manufacturers, retailers, waste service providers and consumers. Tens of thousands of contaminantsContaminants in common products like shampoos, toothpaste and makeup are almost impossible to manage once they hit our shelves. Once sold, they almost inevitably end up washed down the drain, where the burden of dealing with them falls largely on the taxpayer-funded wastewater system. Transforming our approachGiven the rate at which new contaminants of unknown toxicity enter our cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and cleaning products (and end up in our waterways), the precautionary principle may need to apply.For example, companies could be required to prove their new chemical compounds have a benign effect on the environment and human health before being released onto the market.This precautionary principle, which puts the burden of proof on companies, was first applied to hazardous chemicals introduced to the European market. This pre-market approach has since been implemented in California and China.Mitigating risks of individual contaminants will require a range of possible policy, industry, and consumer responses. In the case of microbeads, for example, consumers can choose to avoid buying such products, and governments can and are banning microbeads.Extended producer responsibility provides an incentive for industry to avoid contaminants altogether at the product design stage. In the pharmaceutical industry there are examples of companies adopting “green chemistry” approaches that avoid the use of hazardous ingredients in the production of medicines and the need for downstream waste treatment. Either way, questions about the potential risks and environmental impact of the different approaches taken will need to be answered.However, managing unknown risks of thousands of emergent contaminants in wastewater for which there is little traceability — and hence accountability — may require an integrated and precautionary approach. But the question still remains: whose responsibility? The authors are research directors at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more