Your news in a nutshell
- Teachers return to negotiations
- Shaw withdraws 4-yr negotiation offer
- Orette Fisher pushed out of job
- Pollard joins 8000-run club
- Data-driven concerts
- Women to present petition to PM re extrajudicial killings
Teachers protesting the Government’s wage offer of 16 per cent over a four-year period, and who have been off the job since Monday, were called back to the negotiating table, following an emergency meeting at the Ministry of Labour yesterday. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
Finance Minister Audley Shaw withdrew the Financial Administration and Audit (Compensation Negotiating Cycles) Order of 2018, which would have locked public-sector workers into a four-year wage negotiating cycle as he addressed the House of Representatives yesterday. Opposition Spokesperson for Labour and Welfare Horace Dalley said the manner in which the cycle was presented on Wednesday after the Budget Debate was an attempt by the Government to weaken the effectiveness of trade unions. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
The nation’s election boss, Orrette Fisher, has resigned from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), highlighting “the growing level of political influence affecting the organisation”. Fisher’s decision to walk away from his position as acting director of elections comes as the Supreme Court contemplates a legal challenge he filed against the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) over its decision to terminate his services. The other objective, he said, was to determine the legitimacy of the one-year contract handed to him last year. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
Kieron Pollard struck an electrifying 40th half-century and became only the third batsman to pass 8,000 runs in Twenty20s, but the knock was in vain as Multan Sultans went down to Islamabad United by 33 runs in their final preliminary match of the Pakistan Super League. Chasing 186 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sultans were dismissed for 152 with five balls remaining, to remain fourth in the standings on nine points with their fifth defeat of the season. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
In making a hook-up in the flesh between music performers and their often far-flung audiences, the Internet – specifically social media – is proving to be an invaluable tool in data-driven touring. Adam Davis of the US-based Skyline Artists Agency, which he said is going strongly into reggae and world music, told The Gleaner that many forms of social media are taken into consideration when a performer’s fan base is being targeted for concerts. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
With today being recognised as International Day against Police Brutality, a group of women from Jamaica, Brazil, and the United States, each having at least one relative killed by the police, are beseeching their respective governments to act now to ensure accountability and justice for extrajudicial killings of citizens. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.