Archive for October 2012

London – Black cab maker cuts 156 jobs

Price­wa­ter­house­C­oop­ers, admin­is­tra­tors to Man­ganese Bronze, on Wednes­day said it had cut 156jobs at the strug­gling maker of Lon­don’s black taxis. “Regret­ful­ly, with­out finan­cial sup­port to over­come the group’s oper­a­tional … . London black cab maker cuts 156 jobs – PwC . http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/manganesebronze-jobs-idUSL5E8LVGM420121031

GM cuts European jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of General Motors surged Wednesday after the company announced big job cuts in Europe and reported third-quarter earnings that were far better than Wall Street expected. The Detroit company said it has cut 2,300 jobs in Europe this year and wants to trim 300 more, part of a larger plan to … Continue reading

Navistar Closure – 900 layoffs

Nav­is­tar Inter­na­tion­al Corp.’s deci­sion to close its 900-employ­ee truck assem­bly plant in Gar­land is a major loss, but eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment offi­cials hope the city’s man­u­fac­tur­ing base will absorb the work­ers. Nav­is­tar opened the Gar­land assem­bly plant … . Garland hopes manufacturing base will absorb Navistar layoffs . http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2012/10/31/garland-hopes-manufacturing-base-will.html

Israel – ECI sacks 250 employees

Recent lay­offs in the tech mar­ket have hit tele­com equip­ment maker ECI of Petah Tikva. The com­pa­ny is expect­ed to send home some 150 of its employ­ees in Israel on Wednes­day, and anoth­er 100 from its over­seas plants, due to a slow­down in sales of tens … . ECI sacks 250 employees in Israel, abroad … Continue reading

England – Arts Council jobs cut

The reduc­tion in staff from around 559 jobs to 442 will be accom­pa­nied by clo­sures of offices and merg­ers of regions, as part of a strat­e­gy which the organ­i­sa­tion’s chief exec­u­tive, Alan Davey, said would result in ACE doing less but doing that … . Arts Council England jobs to be cut . http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/oct/30/arts-council-england-jobs-cut

Sri Lanka – A National Human Resources and Employment Policy

Sri Lanka Tuesday launched the National Human Resources and Employment Policy (NHREP), a policy document that aims to assure equal opportunity employment for all its citizens. Senior Minister of Human Resources presented the first copy of the policy document to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees today (30) with the participation of Country … Continue reading

Canada – Employers struggle to find skilled workers

Many Canadian employers are struggling to find the right talent for specific jobs amid a growing skills shortage, says Randstad Canada’s latest Global Workmonitor report released Wednesday. The report described Canada’s growing shortage of highly skilled labour as critical and predicted shortages in the manufacturing, automation and energy and utility industries with Calgary one of … Continue reading

Canada – Employment insurance changes hasty and unwise

The federal government introduced a 425-page bill in the spring to ram changes through Parliament on everything from employment insurance to the age of retirement. The government refused all pleas to split the bill up so that each resulting piece of legislation could be debated adequately. Now the finance minister is at it again, introducing … Continue reading

India – Muslims pose as Hindus to get jobs

Muslims who make 13% of country’s population regularly complain of facing an anti-Muslim bias in various walks of life. Shaikh Azizur Rahman reports on those who secretly adopt Hindu names and dress styles to improve their lot in a Hindu-dominated … . Indian Muslims pose as Hindus to get jobs . http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-10-31/indian-muslims-pose-as-hindus-to-get-jobs/1038846

GM, Chrysler – Romney he’s wrong about Chinese jobs claim

“Barack Obama says he saved the auto indus­try. But for who? Ohio or China?” says the nar­ra­tor in a radio spot run­ning now in Ohio. “Under Pres­i­dent Obama, GM cut 15,000 Amer­i­canjobs, but they are plan­ning to dou­ble the num­ber of cars built in China, … . GM, Chrysler tell Romney he’s wrong about Chinese … Continue reading

Ireland – 10,000 skilled workers attend BC job fair

The B.C. Construction Association (BCCA) has returned from its second trip to Ireland this year to recruit tradespeople, which involved a side trip to Scotland to examine the apprenticeship training system. “It was a fabulous trip. We had a good reception from the media in the first few days,” said Abigail Fulton, vice-president of the … Continue reading

Canada – Less enthusiastic about immigrants

Canadian hearts are hardening slightly towards the country’s immigrants, particularly when it comes to their impact on the economy, an internal government survey suggests. The latest results of the Citizenship and Immigration tracking survey — conducted every year since 1996 to gauge public opinion on immigration — suggest that national attitudes towards both the number … Continue reading

Obama – Layoff Bomb ?

In June, a diffident and self-deluded President Obama claimed that “the private sector is doing fine.” Last week, the private sector responded: Speak for yourself, buster. Who needs an “October Surprise” when the business headlines are broadcasting the imminent layoff bomb in neon lights? The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last Tuesday that employers issued … Continue reading

Singapore – Unemployment remains low

Unemployment remains low in the third quarter of this year despite an increase in the number of lay-offs from last quarter. Employment creation was also moderated. According to the “Employment Situation, Third Quarter 2012″ report released by the Ministry of Manpower, the low unemployment rate reflects strong manpower demand amid the tightening in foreign manpower … Continue reading

China – The end of one-child policy ?

A Chinese government think-tank is urging the country’s leaders to start phasing out its one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy. Some demographers see the timeline put forward by the China Development Research Foundation as a bold move by the … Continue reading

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