International newsOn 6 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today This week’s international newsGlobal database on working practices set up The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is developing a comparativedatabase of member country policies and practices regarding wages, workingtime, work organisation, accommodating life outside work and workplaceconditions. The Conditions of Work and Employment Programme (TRAVAIL) iscreating analytical tools and technical advice to help improve standards ineach of these areas. Experts are integrating assessments of these labour topics.An ILO note said: “Ultimately, the programme should help [governments] inelaborating economic and social policies.” Reports, assessments, links tonational studies and other information are already being published online asILO compiles project material. Other issues being examined are maternityprotection; harassment, stress and violence; work and family; working time; andspecial terms and conditions of employment. www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/condtrav/index.htmPresidential hopeful pledges to create jobs US presidential candidate John Kerry has promised to create 10 million newjobs if elected. He also said he would to close tax loopholes that encourage UScompanies to move jobs abroad. “My pledge and my plan is for 10 million newjobs in the next four years,” he said in a speech at Wayne StateUniversity in Detroit. “I won’t tell you that we can bring back every lostindustry or every job. But my plan will enable our economy to create jobs andkeep more good jobs here in America. As president, I’ll hold countries likeChina accountable when they manipulate their currency to inflate their exportsand depress ours. A Bush campaign spokesman decried Kerry’s proposals as an”isolationist” and “simplistic”. Cut in minimum wage proposed in Finland Lowering the minimum wage would cut the number of long-term unemployed,according to the head of the Finnish Government’s taskforce on employment.Harri Skog told newspaper Helsingin Sanomat that he believed the long-termjobless should initially receive lower wages than currently allowed by labourlaws when they finally found work. Skog said the move would encourage employersto take on new staff, and that without such a radical step, it would beimpossible to create enough new jobs. Finland has about 175,000 long-termjobless. Most of them are of prime working age, and many are highly educated.Unions have rejected Skog’s calls. Kuwait ends 13-year ban on Iraqi workers Kuwait has lifted a 13-year ban on the recruitment of Iraqi manpower. FaisalAl Hajji, minister of social affairs and labour, told the Al Watan daily:”Iraqis are treated like workers of other nationalities. Their recruitmentis allowed based on rules regulating the labour market.” Kuwait slapped atotal ban on the import of Iraqi manpower when then Iraqi president SaddamHussein ordered his army to invade and occupy the emirate in August 1990. Thegovernment has also reversed the need for employers to gain security approvalbefore they recruit Iraqi workers. Currently there are around 20,000 Iraqis inKuwait – down from around 100,000 before 1990. US HR society targets jobs market with .jobs The American HR management society has applied for the domain name ‘.jobs’to make the online recruitment process easier for employers and employees. TheSociety for Human Resource Management (SHRM) hopes that by having .jobs, itwill streamline the process of advertising jobs and receiving CVs, making therecruitment process more efficient for employers and employees. SHRM is optimisticthat the domain name will be granted, but will not find until at least May. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.