zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license The trade unions International Transport Workers’ Federation, European Transport Workers’ Federation and German ver.di are teaming up to support Portuguese dockers in their fighting against precarious work.According to the ETF, the majority of dockers working at the Portuguese port of Setubal have not benefited from a permanent employment contract for the last twenty years.“They are hired for a single shift and do not benefit from basic rights such as protection in cases of sickness or injury, even if caused by an accident at work,” ETF said, adding that, last week, the vessel Paglia was loaded by scabs who entered the terminal escorted by the police while the dockers were taking industrial action.With the German port of Emden being the next port call of the vessel Paglia, ETF/ITF German affiliated union ver.di “did not hesitate to use its industrial strength to support the Portuguese dockers.”It also used its political power to try and influence the resolution of the conflict. On November 28, the works councils of Emden Autoterminal and Volkswagen’s local factory have jointly called for a workers’ assembly and have encouraged all workers to attend.“The fight against precarious working conditions has always been at the heart of the dockers unions’ action globally. It is appalling that in 2018 some employers keep using the same old strategies to weaken working people and their unions,” Thomas Mendrzik, chair of ver.di maritime section, said.“This is an emblematic struggle, as it is about basic trade unionism: workers fighting for fair working conditions. We are proud to give our support to the brave Portuguese dockers,” Torsten Schut, chair of works council at the car terminal EVAG, one of the shareholders of Autoport, said.
New Delhi: Following India’s World Cup exit in the semi-finals, legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has questioned why Virat Kohli has automatically continued in his position as skipper even though his appointed ended with the showpiece event in England and Wales. The former India skipper feels that there should have been a formal meeting to re-appoint Kohli. “That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee’s pleasure,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “To the best of our knowledge his (Kohli’s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment,” he added. However, the M.S.K Prasad led selection committee named Kohli as captain of the team across all the three formats for the Windies tour that starts with T20Is. Further, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has stated that they will not review the performance of the team in the showpiece event and only the manager’s report will be looked into. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Gavaskar also went ahead and questioned the way Kohli is getting his choice of team. “Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on the selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectation performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals,” Gavaskar said. Certain sections in the BCCI have also been vocal that spliting the captaincy could be a way forward for the Indian team as they now look to plan for the 2023 World Cup.
Today, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that multiple Grammy award-winning superstar Mariah Carey will be performing at the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting.Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will host the ceremony, which also includes holiday performances by The Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train, and Nolan Williams, Jr. and Voices of Inspiration.The 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Friday, December 6 on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed online LIVE at www.thenationaltree.org beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show. The event can also be seen on public television throughout December. Broadcast times can be found by checking local listings or visiting www.thenationaltree.org.Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and produced by Bounce AEG, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is the first event in a four-week holiday celebration in President’s Park. This year’s ceremony marks the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.For the sixth consecutive year, UL is the premier sponsor of the National Christmas Tree Lighting. As an independent safety science company, UL’s mission is to promote safe working and living environments for all people. More information can be found at www.UL.com. Other event supporters include GE Lighting, Amtrak, Guest Services Inc., Hargrove, Hilton Garden Inn – Washington DC Downtown, Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, Loews Madison Hotel Washington D.C., Mesh Int’l, Nicolas Holiday, Uber, United and Willard InterContinental Washington D.C.