GM in bid for European profits

first_imgMonday 10 January 2011 7:20 pm GM in bid for European profits Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL KCS-content Share General Motors hopes to achieve profitability in its European operations this year, addressing one of the problems that was not resolved by its 2009 restructuring in bankruptcy, the US automaker’s chief financial officer said yesterday. “We’re talking about achieving break-even this year, so that’s a tough ask, but … the internal plan is still to try to achieve profitability this year,” Chris Liddell said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. GM’s European Opel unit lost $1.3bn (£834m) in the first three quarters of 2010. whatsapp whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Prooflast_img read more

IG Group hit by lower market volatility as revenue dips in Q3

IG Group hit by lower market volatility as revenue dips in Q3 Finance Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter IG Group has put a quarter-on-quarter decline in revenue in Q3 down to reducing levels of volatility in financial markets, as the spread betting and contracts for difference provider continues to feel the impact of new regulations from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Finance 21st March 2019 | By contenteditor IG Group has put a quarter-on-quarter decline in revenue in Q3 down to reducing levels of volatility in financial markets, as the spread betting and contracts for difference provider continues to feel the impact of new regulations from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).Revenue for the three months through to February 28, 2019, totalled £108.0m (€124.4m/$141.8m), down 12% on £122.1m in Q2.IG Group said lower revenue per client in the quarter reflects the reduced levels of market volatility during the three-month period, while new ESMA rules also hit revenue, as they also did in latter part of the first half.Q3 was the second quarter for IG Group in which ESMA restrictions relating to the offering of contracts for difference (CFDs) products, as well as binary options to retail clients in the UK and the European Union, were in effect throughout.As such, IG Group was particularly hit in the UK and EU market, with UK revenue down 16% from £49.7m in Q2 to £41.8m, while EU revenue dropped 13% from £17.3m to £15.1m.Asia-Pacific revenue also slipped 6% to £35m, but IG Group did see growth in the European, Middle East an Africa (EMEA) region  – excluding EU – with revenue up 6% to €11.3m. As a result, over-the-counter (OTC) leveraged revenue for Q3 stood at £103.2m, down 11% on Q2.IG Group suffered a similar decline in the US, with revenue down 11% to £4.0m, while share dealing and investments also took a hit as revenue slipped 38% to £800,000.However, despite a hit to revenue, IG Group did note a marginal increase in the number of clients using its services. In total, 125,600 customers are now registered with the provider, up 1% on 124,100 in Q2.Some 84,200 were registered as OTC clients in Q3, compared to 83,300 in the previous quarter, while the number of ESMA region clients also increased 1% quarter-on-quarter to 51,800.Focusing in on the ESMA region, IG Group has said that the large majority of its clients are classed as retail, with the 46,600 in Q3 up 2% on Q2. The number of professional clients remained level at 5,200.In terms of the provider’s year-to-date performance, group revenue stands at £359.0m, which put IG Group 15% behind where it was at by the end of Q3 last year (£421.3m).The EU has suffered the largest dip in revenue, with this down 39% from £92.6m to £56.9m while UK revenue is down 22% from £185.8m to £145.5m. However, other regions are ahead on a year-to-date basis, with EMEA excluding EU up 22% to £31.8m, Asia-Pacific rising 7% to £109.1m and the US 7% to £12.4m.IG Group said in a statement: “As demonstrated in Q3, the Group’s revenue in any one period is affected by market volatility and client trading opportunities, and the level of revenue in the last quarter of FY19 is difficult to predict accurately. “As previously communicated, the company continues to expect that its revenue in FY19 will be lower than in FY18.”IG Group also noted that its cost guidance for FY19 remains unchanged, with total operating costs set to be at a similar level to the £290m operating costs in FY18. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter read more

Greg Jackson receives endorsement of business PAC

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Previous articleSenior Moments or Something More – When to WorryNext articleApopka Weekly Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Greg Jackson, a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat, announced today that he received the endorsement of the Associated Industries of Florida Political Action Committee based in Tallahassee. District 45 represents parts of Orange County including South Apopka.Greg Jackson“As a strong business advocate with a focus on economic development throughout Central Florida, I am honored to receive the endorsement of the AIF,” Jackson told his supporters during a weekly campaign conference call. “I am fully committed to being a voice for Florida’s employers and employees, growing our economy and job base, as well as continuing to develop innovative ways to attract new business to Central Florida.”According to its website, AIF is known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State. AIF has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.AIF announced all of its endorsements for Florida House and Senate races today, and AIF’s President and CEO Tom Feeney made this statement about all of its endorsements:“Today, we are excited to announce AIFPAC’s endorsements for candidates running for the Florida Senate and House this election cycle. After thorough review of all of the candidates, we believe these candidates are the best and brightest to help propel Florida’s business community forward.  Each candidate showcased their commitment to safeguard Florida’s employers and employees, grow our economy and job base, and continue to develop innovative ways to entice new business to the Sunshine State.  We encourage Florida voters and our membership to join us in supporting these good candidates in their respective races.”Jackson, a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for a Community Redevelopment Agency, has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years.Jackson is running for the House Seat currently held by Rep. Randolph Bracy. Jackson, who is a Democrat, will face four other Democrats in an open August 30th, 2016 Primary Election – Kamia Brown, Kelvin L. Cobaris, William Jusme, and Peter Pham.Unlike a closed primary that allows only voters from the party to vote, the HD45 Primary is open to all voters from all political parties since no Republican qualified to run. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

‘Free CeCe McDonald!’–The right to fight back

first_imgPart oneAt certain moments in history, the struggle of individuals to survive and organize against fascist attacks, police and prison terror sharply reveals the societal relationship of forces—between oppressor and oppressed, exploiter and exploited. These battles inspire unity and action that help shape and define political eras—like the demands to free the Scottsboro Brothers, Lolita Lebron, Leonard Peltier, George Jackson, Joann Little, Mumia Abu-Jamal.The struggle to “Free CeCe!” is sparking a growing, broad united front against white supremacy and anti-trans* violence. CeCe McDonald’s courage and consciousness, and the tireless and tenacious solidarity work by supporters in Minneapolis and the region—led by those who are oppressed—has widened and deepened the demand to “Free CeCe!” in cities across the U.S., and around the world.Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and internationally now know more facts about the attack on CeCe McDonald than the judge and prosecutor allowed a jury to know during her trial.CeCe McDonald and her friends were assaulted in Minneapolis on June 5, 2011, by a group that announced its ideology as racist and fascist in words and action. The attackers shouted white-supremacist Klan language, transmisogynist epithets, and a slur against same-sex love.CeCe replied that “her crew would not tolerate hate speech.”One of the attackers then assaulted CeCe McDonald with a weapon—smashing her in the face with a bar glass that deeply punctured her cheek.In the fight that ensued, one of the attackers died. He had a swastika tattoo.CeCe McDonald was the only person arrested by the police that night. McDonald has been punished ever since as the “aggressor” for defending her life, and the lives of her friends—and surviving. Police, sheriffs, jailers, prosecutor, judge and prison administration have arrested her, locked her up, and held her in solitary confinement for long periods.Stop the war on trans*/women of color!It is no metaphor to say that there is a war against trans*/women of color in the U.S.—on the streets and in the prisons.Here are the names of some of those who lost their lives to anti-trans* lynchings in cities across the U.S. in 2012:Brandy Martell. Paige Clay. Kyra Kruz. Deoni Jones. Tracy Johnson. Tyrell Jackson. Rosita Hidalgo. Coko Williams. Kendall Hampton. Tiffany Gooden. Dee Dee Pearson. Githe Goines. Brenting Dolliole. Janette Tovar. Cassidy Vickers.When a trans*/person is murdered, often police and monopoly media don’t investigate or report the deaths. Killers, largely unsought, walk free. Therefore little is known about any possible links between these murders, or any connections the killers had/have with neo-fascist groups, police or military.CeCe McDonald fought and survived a group fascist attack. She is hailed as a hero—a femme hera—in many communities in the U.S. and around the world.The continued punishment of CeCe McDonald by police, prosecutor, judge and prison warden is a green light to neo-fascists—on the streets, and in schools, police precincts, prisons and detention centers.This reporter was told by a survivor of the attack on CeCe McDonald and her friends that harassment and threats by white supremacists continued on the streets of South Minneapolis after the June 5 assault.Now CeCe McDonald is in a struggle to defend her life in a prison cell, where sadistic white supremacy and transmisogyny hold the key.‘Cops and Klan work hand in hand’Police and prison guard brutality against trans* people also goes largely unreported by officials and monopoly media.Journalist Marc Lamont Hill wrote in Ebony magazine: “According to studies, 38% of Black trans people indicate that they have been harassed by the police. Even worse, 20% state that they have been physically or sexual assaulted by police.“Given this pattern of criminalization and abuse … it is no surprise that most victims of transgender violence (52%) do not report the crimes to law enforcement.”Hill continued, “[T]rans individuals are subjected to prison sentences during which they will be labeled and treated as a gender rather than their own. Such a practice, if done to straight cisexual individuals, would clearly be understood and challenged as torture.” ( McDonald wrote from St. Cloud prison to those taking part in Trans* Day of Remembrance 2012:“We need to not only celebrate for Trans Day of Remembrance, but also become self-aware and ready to put an end to our community being the focus of violence. Of course it is more than important to recognize and pay homage to our fallen, but we also need to put our feet down and start being real leaders and making this stand.“And personally speaking, if it’s true that this is my personal journey as a leader, I want to lead my troops to victory. I can’t continue to say ‘how bad’ that another brother, sister, mother, father, partner, friend is gone from blind-hatred. From ignorance and discrimination.“I would have rather been punished for asserting myself than become another victim of hatred.”CeCe McDonald’s assertion, and her self-defense, are historically rooted in the right—the necessity—to fight back against Nazi, Klan and other white supremacist, fascist terror.Fighting back against slaveryIt wasn’t moral persuasion that overturned the Southern slavocracy on the North American continent. It took many hard-fought, bloody battles.The “legal” system of slavery was rocked by “illegal” uprisings and resistance by enslaved and self-emancipated African laborers, like Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth.Freedom fighters—Black and white together—carried out a guerrilla raid on the U.S. Army arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859. They hoped to liberate and distribute weapons and spark insurrectionary uprising against the white supremacist slavocracy.The late Workers World newspaper Editor Vincent Copeland contrasted the raid on Harper’s Ferry with the Civil War.Copeland wrote that the Civil War in what is now the U.S.: “was, of course, a war against slavery when it did come, regardless of the will of most of its official leaders. …”Copeland stressed, “The difference between the John Brown raid and the long-fought Civil War was not just in the massive character of the latter as opposed to the allegedly individualist character of the former. It wasn’t just the conventional organization into companies, regiments, brigades, and so on, as opposed to the general guerrilla insurrection almost begun by Brown and Anderson that made the difference.“The real difference lay in the fact that one conceived of a slave uprising and took the first step in that direction—while the other, although forced to free the slaves in the long run, and forced to enlist nearly 200,000 Black men in its ranks—did not at first contemplate an actual slave uprising, and in fact, opposed it.” (A Voice from Harper’s Ferry 1859, concluded that the Civil War, “was a revolution that destroyed forever the power of the slaveowners as a class and chattel slavery as a system. But … [t]he ending of slavery as an institution, as is well known, did not lead to any real amelioration of the actual conditions of life, particularly the economic conditions, for the vast majority of the Black people at that time.”‘Who’s gonna stop the Klan?’The former Southern slavocracy created and armed the Klan as a weapon of terror and murder after the Civil War.“The Klan would not be a problem worthy of discussion if one were to judge it merely by its numbers, which are conceded by all sides to be rather insignificant,” WWP founder Sam Marcy wrote.“The far more important problem is the reciprocal relations between the capitalist government and the Klan.”Marcy stressed, “[T]he durability of the Klan rests on solid long-term bonds to the state, and that the two share a common political ideology, for the most part.”Today’s U.S. ruling class, “had the opportunity to wipe out the Klan more than a century ago,” Sam Marcy continued, but “it failed to do so.” (“The Klan & the Government: Foes or Allies,” the Civil War, Sam Marcy emphasized, “The Northern industrialists and bankers were more interested in reaching a compromise with the ex-slaveowners than with the newly freed slaves.“The U.S. government capitulated to the Southern planters and ex-slaveowners after the period of Reconstruction when it withdrew federal troops from the South without establishing an independent citizens’ militia composed of the Black people and poor whites.Marcy continued, “It also left them politically defenseless and deprived the Black population of economic power by failing to grant the newly emancipated people the land which they had tilled for centuries. …”“It was in this period that lynchings, the most barbarous form of counter-revolutionary terror, became the hallmark of the reactionary attempt to keep the Black people in semi-bondage,” Sam Marcy concluded.‘We’re gonna stop the Klan!’Ever since the violent dismantling of revolutionary Black Reconstruction after the Civil War, the police, in large numbers, are called out to protect the right of white supremacists and fascists to assemble and publicly make their call for racist genocide.When police attack, their force is always directed at those protesting the Klan.Over the decades, millions have taken to the streets in movements for national liberation and immigrant worker rights, against white supremacy, patriarchal class rule and anti-LGBTQ/+ oppressions.They have answered which social force has the ability and willingness to fight white supremacist lynch-law terror—chanting in unison:“We’re gonna stop the Klan!”The growing demand to “Free CeCe McDonald!” also defends the right to organize and fight back against white supremacist, anti-trans*, anti-woman violence—on the streets, and in jail/prison cells.(Sources: The Root,; “Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide” research project,; The Guerrilla Angel Report, lexiecannes.wordpress. All quotes from CeCe McDonald along with more information on her case can be found at Feinberg faces an upcoming jury trial in Minneapolis on a charge of 3rd-degree Gross Misdemeanor Property Damage charge for a June 4, 2012 action in solidarity with CeCe McDonald. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Wayne Jones, another Black victim of police

first_imgMartinsburg, W.Va. — On June 12, roughly 80 community members and activists converged on downtown Martinsburg, W.Va., to protest the racist and brutal murder of local resident Wayne Jones. Jones, who was Black, was shot in cold blood by five members of the Martinsburg police force on March 13, 2013. There have been ongoing protests since then.The police managed not only to shoot him twice with a Taser but also beat him ruthlessly before unleashing a hailstorm of 23 bullets into him, the first entering his skull. Upon questioning, the police stated that they suspected Jones had a knife. Naturally, not a single knife was ever produced.In fact, there was not a single warrant for Jones’ arrest, nor did he have a single felony to his name. What justification could be given for this use of violence and terror?Jones was a person of integrity and kindness, choosing to volunteer time to serve his community in many functions, such as working at the local free clinic. He was an avid reader, choosing to spend a large portion of his time reading at the local bookstore, just a few buildings down from where he would be gunned down.The local community demands the resignation of key municipal officials, citing a failure to maintain objectivity in dealing with the police case. Activists, still angry and disillusioned with a racist system that fails to produce justice for such an outrageous crime, vowed to continue to march and protest every month until justice has been achieved.Among the community, there was a full understanding that what occurred in Martinsburg is not simply an isolated incident, but rather part of a full-on epidemic, like the killings of Freddie Grey in Baltimore and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Their shouts of “Black Lives Matter!” and “Justice for Wayne Jones!” sent a clear message to the Martinsburg police. We cannot allow such a blatant disregard for human life to continue to occur. We must shut this racist system down!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

UL founder to post his doctorate back

first_img Previous articleNew measures to bring vacant properties back into useNext articlePoverty is the reality of the recovery Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success “Nobody else has given their degree back and we don’t have any protocol for it. He can send them back to us and we’ll keep them in a safe place if he changes his mind.”Dr Manning said while they can “remove his name from the roll, we can’t un-doctor a doctor”.Visit the Limerick Post News section to read more Limerick news stories. Facebook Linkedin Twitter TAGSDr Ed Walshfeaturedul founderUniversity of Limerick Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party center_img NewsEducationUL founder to post his doctorate backBy Bernie English – August 16, 2017 1627 Print UL founder, Dr Ed Walsh outside Plassey House in the early years of the university’s development.ONE of Limerick’s most esteemed academics has said he is posting his honorary doctorate back to the National University of Ireland after he received no response to his criticism of the same honour being given to former Taoiseach Brian Cowen.UL founder, Dr Ed Walsh outside Plassey House in the early years of the university’s development.The founding president of the University of Limerick Dr Ed Walsh said he was surprised he hasn’t received a written reply from National University of Ireland (NUI) Chancellor Dr Maurice Manning after he wrote to him almost three weeks ago. Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Advertisement Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties UL Founder, Dr Walsh said he planned to return the honour conferred on him by NUI after the same accolade was awarded to Mr Cowen, whom Dr Walsh said was “totally unworthy” of it, after “bringing the country to its knees”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Walsh said he will now return the degree by post. Dr Walsh, who led UL for 28 years from its foundation, said he regards Dr Manning as “a good friend, an excellent gentleman and a very fine person. I am just sorry that he is probably embarrassed by the position he finds himself in,” he added. Dr Manning declined to debate the issue with Dr Walsh in a recent interview on RTÉ Radio One.Dr Manning said Dr Walsh’s request was “a first”. Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limericklast_img read more

Two critically hurt, high school swim team OK after plane overshoots runway: Reports

first_imgRyan Burnias(UNALASKA, Alaska) — A twin-engine Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Unalaska Island overshot the runway and stopped just short of plunging into the waters of the bay Thursday evening.Two aboard were critically hurt and 10 others were treated for injuries, according to reports — but members of a high school swim team aboard the flight were said to be OK following the harrowing incident. Alaska Airlines Flight 3296, operated by Peninsula Airways, ran off the runway while landing at Alaska’s Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Airport, airline officials said in a statement.The plane, a Saab 2000 turboprop, had three crew members and 39 passengers aboard, including members of the swim team at Alaska’s Cordova High School.“At present, all students and chaperones are accounted for and are OK, albeit a bit shaken up,” read a statement posted by superintendent Alex Russin on the school district’s website Thursday night.The statement said that “the team was together, seemed fine, and were eating pizza.”Interim Police Chief John Lucking said there were no casualties, according to Unalaska TV station KUCB.Photos taken afterward showed the plane resting at about at 30-degree angle on a rocky embankment, with its nose just feet from the water.Unalaska Island is part of the Aleutian Island chain to the west of the Alaskan mainland. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Euro proposals would wreak havoc

first_img Previous Article Next Article European Commission proposals to force all employers with more than 50 employees to consult their staff on key business decisions will paralyse the HR function.Employers were queuing up this week to castigate the EC draft directive on information and consultation as prescriptive and bureaucratic.Their comments come as fears mount that France will use their six-month presidency of the EU, led by Jacques Chirac, to promote an ambitious social agenda.CBI head of employee relations Dominic Johnson warned the directive would tie HR up with bureaucracy, reducing the contribution it can make to the business. “HR would be in the front line making sure consultation had taken place. It would be just another compliance role rather than getting on with delivering better business performance through effective people management.”Susan Gibas, secretary-general of the European Human Resource Network, said it is important that the implications of the proposals for HR are scrutinised even though implementation could be at least 18 months away. She said, “It is about time that people were woken up to the possibilities.”Other HR professionals reacted with alarm to the proposals. Bruce Warman, director of personnel at Vauxhall Motors, said HR practitioners had to make their voices heard. “The message is, get real. In HR this will interfere with what companies are trying to do strategically. “HR director at ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne Alisdair MacInnes said mechanisms for consultation were already in place. “We would not see any benefit from something being enforced,” he said.At present, only firms with more than 1,000 staff and employing over 150 in two or more countries have to consult with staff through European works councils. The proposals would foist the requirement to consult on all but the smallest companies. Euro proposals would wreak havocOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Testing times

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Testing timesOn 31 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today The new statutory recognition laws may not have brought the feared flood of cases, but don’t think they are just a passing threat, warns Robbie GilbertEmployee representation and trade union recognition – not issues to make the pulse quicken. Hearts are more likely to sink, at the memory of numbingly dull canteen committees – the inquorate discussing the inconsequential – or the fear of grindingly slow negotiations with obstructive shop stewards. So sighs of relief will greet the news that, four months into the new statutory recognition procedures, no flood of cases has emerged. But those sighs of relief are premature. Statutory recognition is not a passing threat. It is more like a test we must be ready to face at any time, like a visit from the VAT inspector – and just as important. It scrutinises the effectiveness of your communication structures and thoroughly examines the health of your relationship with staff. Where you have lost the vital advantage of good relationships at work you are likely to fail the recognition test. Worse, you now risk being forced by the law into arrangements you would never have chosen. As with any other exam, you need to be prepared if you want to do well. Of course, most managers say they far prefer to deal directly with their workforces than to work through intermediaries. Face-to-face discussions with fully briefed and empowered managers working the issues through with their teams are better than remote sessions with elected representatives or shop stewards. Senior managers addressing mass gatherings are more effective at conveying the message on developments than meetings with staff committees or joint negotiating bodies. But how often do we let it slide? Meeting the delivery date for an urgent piece of work takes precedence: “There is no time to talk it through – just get on with it.” Other priorities crowd the staff feedback session out of the MD’s diary.Support of a representativeAnd if we are honest, how effective is direct participation at mediating the difficult decisions such as plant closure, the contracting out of a valued function, hiving off a long-standing business and redundancies? People affected in such cases may want the support of a representative, as they would in grievance or disciplinary hearings.These shortcomings with voluntary arrangements for direct participation are part of the reason why legislators here and in Europe have been so keen on requiring the representative structures that many British managements say are not wanted. But crucially, they have been persuaded that if people are indeed happy without such representative arrangements, they need not have them.What staff want in the way of representative structures is a key determinant. Those of us responsible for employee relations need to be able to persuade senior managers to invest the time and effort to manage the issue accordingly. The legislators have not made this easy. Works council regulations, redundancy and transfer regulations are all complicated, and none is more complex than the law on statutory recognition.Collective bargainingYet recognition is the most important. It requires not just that the employer consults with employee representatives but that collective bargaining should take place, and on matters which fundamentally impact on the management of the undertaking, such as pay, hours and holidays – issues that determine the cost of labour and how people may be deployed. Recognition could change the life of the business which, while not always for the worse, is not necessarily for the better.Ignoring or rejecting union approaches until a formal recognition application is lodged with the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) may mean more and bigger trouble later. The employer will struggle desperately to regain control as the statutory process races on. The CAC is not out to do the employer down, but early cases already make this much clear. Where the employer has failed to do the necessary homework, the adjudicating panel has little alternative but to admit the union’s well-prepared and substantiated case and to reject the hasty riposte of management which lacks convincing evidence on employee attitudes. Experience of working with companies on these issues has shown us that it is only when the CEO understands what could happen if the company loses the initiative at this point that the necessary drive to prepare for the contingency is generated.Whether the inclination of the board is to resist recognition in favour of alternative arrangements or to seek the possible advantages of a “partnership” deal with a sympathetic union, it must plan ahead.Start by checking where you stand. It might be unpopular but necessary change has been pushed through. If you find you have weakened the trust of the people who work for the business and you want them to resist the blandishments of a trade union, rebuilding that trust may be the priority. Hard slogTime is equally essential for negotiating a good partnership agreement. If you want a partnership deal on terms that meet the needs of the business, and with the right union, you can expect months of hard slog ahead of you.We should not really be surprised that there has been no flash flood of statutory recognition applications. The unions are still getting to grips with the law themselves. The levels of support they must attract are intimidating, and are much more difficult to achieve than a generation ago. Nor do they have the resources to pursue too many cases at one time. And they are determined to avoid the embarrassment of failure before the new law beds down.What is happening is that many informal approaches are being made – letters and calls from union organisers reminding employers of the new law and asking to come and talk – usually where the union thinks it has a reasonable case. This is how the law was meant to work.Those who have prepared by securing relationships that suit the business and that are supported by those who work there have little to fear from the “recognition test”. Those who have not seen it coming are among the most likely to fail it. Robbie Gilbert is chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Statute and Practice and an employment relations consultant. E-mail: [email protected] His new book, Employee Representation, £35, ISBN 0 7545 0222 8, is published on 13 November. To order a copy call 020-8686 9141last_img read more

Lack of training leads to serious security lapses

first_img Comments are closed. Lack of training leads to serious security lapsesOn 16 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Confidentialcompany information is leaking out of organisations because of a lack of stafftraining, according to a report.Almosthalf of employees have never received any formal security awareness training,while a third of organisations do not require staff to read security policystatements.Thereport, by PentaSafe, also reveals that a quarter of the 13,048 employeessurveyed have not read their company’s security policy over the past two yearsand in many cases the document was not readily available.DavidBlackman, marketing director at PentaSafe, which carried out the survey, saidemployers need to invest more in training staff on security matters.”Thereis a huge lack of security awareness and it comes from a lack of education andtraining,” he said. “Companies will train staff how to sell, but theyare selling themselves short with a lack of security training.”HRand IT need to talk to each other. Security training should be central to everyemployee induction. Policies should be communicated so employees are aware ofthe procedures. There should be an online system so staff can report breachesof security via a secure and private network.”Thesurvey shows that seven out of 10 firms admit that they have not tracked thosestaff who haven’t signed the company’s security policy.Nineout of 10 employees would open a dangerous e-mail attachment without realising. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more