Labor groups: TV sketches about 'paid' striking workers not funny (philstar.com) - March 18, 2019 - 3:15pm MANILA, Philippines — Labors groups over the weekend called out a weekly TV gag show for what they said was the "malicious portrayal" of striking workers as doing it for money. Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino and Alyansa ng Progresibong Obrero ng Yin Gang Motorcycles said GMA 7's "Bubble Gang" on Friday "ran several short skits portraying striking workers getting paid P100 each by the strike leader." The portrayal was a "blatant lie," BMP chair Leody de Guzman, a senatorial candidate with the LABOR WIN coalition, said. "Labor strikes are serious actions being waged by workers in order to compel companies to respect union rights and comply to labor standards. This is a right guaranteed by our Constitution and the Labor Code," De Guzman said. The Labor Code of the Philippines defines a strike "as any temporary … [Read more...] about Labor groups: TV sketches about ‘paid’ striking workers not funny
Stress workers comp
SINGAPORE: As the relentless march of technology leaves its mark across industries, scores of Singapore workers young and old have risen to the challenge, jumping over hurdles to embrace new skills and stay ahead of the curve.Yet, there remains a segment of society who risk being left in the dust. Some of these workers, who are typically of the older set and quick to profess a lack of technological know-how, are not only struggling to keep pace with changes roiling almost every industry.They also fear technology would usurp their roles, leaving them jobless.It begs the question: What happens to these workers?While these challenges are not unique to Singapore, the importance of adapting to technology is more acute for workers here than in many other countries, said economics lecturer Kelvin Seah of the National University of Singapore.This is because there is a much higher tendency for firms here to replace labour with machines than in Indonesia, for instance, where labour costs are … [Read more...] about The Big Read: In the pursuit of technology, what happens to workers left behind?
By Sara Mojtehedzadeh Work and Wealth Reporter Tues., Dec. 4, 2018 The provincial workers’ compensation board has denied 94 per cent of chronic mental stress cases since new legislation extended benefits coverage to employees experiencing long-term trauma or harassment on the job, according to an internal Workplace Safety and Insurance Board audit obtained by the Star. Previously, workers could only seek compensation for mental health injuries caused by a traumatic incident, not those triggered by ongoing trauma in their workplace — which labour advocates and legal experts described in a 2016 ombudsman complaint as unconstitutional and discriminatory. Subsequent legal changes mean workers can now file claims for work-related chronic stress issues. But between January and May, just 10 of the 159 claims for work-related chronic mental stress were approved, the audit conducted by the WSIB shows. Maryth Yachnin, a lawyer with the Toronto-based legal … [Read more...] about Workers’ compensation board denies over 90 per cent of chronic mental stress claims, audit shows
(Reuters Health) - Middle-aged adults who feel stressed, powerless or overworked on the job may be more likely to develop mental health problems in the coming years than more contented coworkers, a recent study suggests.For the study, researchers examined data from questionnaires completed by 6,870 workers in the UK who, at age 45, had never been diagnosed with depression, anxiety or other common mental illnesses. Overall, about one-third reported having little control over what they did at work and slightly more than one-fourth described their jobs as very demanding and stressful.By age 50, workers who reported high levels of job strain five years earlier were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with mental health disorders as the people who had low-stress jobs, researchers report in The Lancet Psychiatry.With demanding jobs, workers were 70 percent more likely to develop a mental illness by age 50, the study also found. And people who reported having little control over their … [Read more...] about Stressed out middle-aged workers have higher risk of mental health issues
By Sara Mojtehedzadeh Work and Wealth Reporter Brendan Kennedy Investigative Reporter Thu., March 8, 2018 Employers who use temporary employment agencies will no longer be able to evade liability for workplace accidents, the Star has learned, as new legislation promises to hold them responsible when temps are injured or killed on the job. Last year a Star investigation showed how companies use temp agencies to cut costs and limit liability for accidents because temp agencies were considered workers’ so-called employer of record at the provincial compensation board. As a result, the agency took the financial hit if a temp got hurt, not the place where they were actually injured. That will now change, making Ontario one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to hold employers accountable in this way. Read more: Undercover in temp nation Article Continued Below One year after this temp agency worker died at Fiera Foods, family is still … [Read more...] about New law to make employers accountable for temp worker injuries