Monday, February 25, 2013

New green economy partnership responds to Rio+20 Call for Action

Four UN agencies to assist 30 countries in transition to a green economy

NAIROBI – A new partnership launched today by four UN agencies aims to support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental risks and poverty. 

The new Partnership for Action on Green Economy, or PAGE, is a response to the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), entitled The Future We Want, which recognizes the green economy as a vehicle for sustainable development and poverty eradication. 

Governments at Rio+20 called on UN agencies to support countries interested in accelerating their transition to an inclusive green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. 

Contributors laud higher EPF payout

GOOD NEWS: It means higher savings in our old age, say people
KUALA LUMPUR: CONTRIBUTORS  to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) are confident that this year's increased dividend of 6.15 per cent, the highest in 12 years, is just a preview of the compulsory savings scheme's stronger performance in the future.


Port of Salalah holds union elections

Port of Salalah has lent administrative support in the interest of good worker and employee relations to the election process of the company's Union Administrative Authority (UAA) and registration of the General Assembly (union) members last week.875 employees at Port of Salalah have registered with the union for the upcoming four year period, of which approximately 85% are Omani nationals and the remaining 15% expatriate employees, to elect the leadership structure of the UAA from a band of 11 Omani candidates, in accordance with the legal framework for the establishment of trade unions in the Sultanate of Oman.

Bosses deferring minimum wage must pass audit

PETALING JAYA (Feb 25, 2013): Applications to defer paying the mandatory minimum wage to foreign workers will be stringently scrutinised before they are approved, said National Wages Consultative Council member Mohd Khalid Haji Atan.
Mohd Khalid, who is also the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president, told theSunlast week any employer seeking deferment of the minimum wage would have to provide the implementation committee with three years of audited accounts.
"They also have to provide all information about their workforce and other relevant documents which will be required by the committee," he said.