Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Last week’s rantings by the unions, Government and employer lobby overworker rights did nothing to help the drive towards partnership andconsultation. But as our columnist StephenOverell suggests this week these public spats at TUC conference time havebecome a bit of an annual farce. Both sides seem to have conveniently forgotten their achievements so far –brought about by collaboration not conflict. The unions and employers supportedthe Government in tackling long-term difficult decisions such as theindependence of the Bank of England, cutting debt, tough fiscal rules and thenew deal to ensure the UK avoided recession and achieved economic growth. In return, they were promised low inflation and economic stability. Thatsubsequently led to increased investment in the public sector and theintroduction of wider social justice, including the minimum wage andfar-reaching human rights. Some 1.6 million jobs have been created in the pastsix years and UK employees are better protected than ever. The unions are demanding employment rights equivalent to those in Germany,ignoring that half of Europe is now in recession. Germany’s mire of employmentlaw is a key factor in its high unemployment. Employers will be relieved to know that the Government is continuing toresist these arguments so that a more flexible labour market can be maintainedhere. It’s not clear whether the mood of the ‘awkward squad’ union leaders is intune with members of the RMT, T&G and Amicus. HR working in these sectorsought to have its finger on the pulse of the mood. Certainly, the TUC’s generalsecretary Brendan Barber and his predecessor John Monks (now head of theEuropean TUC) do not appear to be men ready for widespread industrial unrest. And while awareness about worker rights is increasing, there is inevitably alot of ignorance about the new legislation on the shopfloor. Most workplaces donot feel like hotbeds of militancy at the moment. The Government must deliver on partnership with the unions and give them abigger role in policy-making. Big business has to invest, innovate and show agreater willingness to inform and consult workers on key decisions. And inreturn for these changes, the unions have to mature into constructive players,capable of listening and responding to their members and to the legitimateconcerns of employers. By Jane King, editor of Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Hotbeds of militancy – what do you think?On 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today
Natural resources minister comments on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project rulingCanada’s natural resources minister Seamus O’Regan said: “From the beginning, the government of Canada worked with communities to shape the consultation process.“Ministers engaged directly, project conditions were amended and accommodations were co-developed to respond to concerns raised.“The result was the most comprehensive consultation ever undertaken for a major project in Canada’s history.“The government approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project because it is in the public interest.” The Federal Court of Appeal said the Canadian government had engaged in adequate and meaningful consultation on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project with indigenous groups One of the pipes to be used for the Trans Mountain expansion project (Credit: Trans Mountain) Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed legal challenges made by indigenous groups against the government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.The court dismissed four challenges put up by Coldwater Indian Band, Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and others, which alleged the Canadian federal government did not fulfill its duty of consulting with them ahead of the project’s approval.The court said it had focused on the reasonableness of the government’s decision to approve the pipeline expansion project a second time – finding that adequate and meaningful consultation with indigenous groups had been made, thereby correcting its earlier flaws in consultation.According to the court, the decision to approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project was not a ratification of its earlier consent, but one that has been made with amended conditions after taking into account the renewed consultation.It ruled there was no legal basis for overturning the decision, adding that litigants can now appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada against its decision within 60 days. Trans Mountain expansion project detailsThe pipeline expansion project involves the twinning of the 1,150km-long existing Trans Mountain Pipeline between the Canadian provinces Alberta and British Columbia.The CAD7.4bn ($5.67bn) project is owned by the Canadian government and has been facing resistance from various indigenous groups and other parties over alleged environmental concerns.The Trans Mountain Expansion Project has been designed to almost triple the capacity of the existing pipeline from 300,000 barrel of oil per day (bpd) to 890,000 bpd.Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal from the provincial government of British Columbia against a judgement made by the British Columbia Court of Appeal in favour of the pipeline expansion project.
Packaging Summit Europe, is one of Amsterdam’s leading events, dedicated to bringing brand owners, packaging services and materials companies together. It will take place 26-27 June, 2007, at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam.The 2007 two-day conference and accompanying exhibition is expected to attract over 300 senior-level delegates to the Dutch city. Speakers will include: Carl Olsmats, general secretary of the World Packaging Organisation; Shane Monkman, head of packaging at Asda; Mark Caul, senior packaging technologist at Marks & Spencer; Richard Inns, chairman of Unilever Packaging Group; and Nicola Ellen the head of retail at WRAP.The event promises to deliver in-depth analysis and solutions on Europe’s latest packaging trends, which include:l Pinpointing cost challenges and return on investment of sustainable business modelsl Packaging’s role in reducing carbon ’footprints’ and environmental pressuresl The impact of packaging design on purchasing behaviourl The future role of outsourcing and workflowl Retail-ready packaging updatesl New biodegradable and recycling packaging options.In July 2006, Packaging Summit Europe welcomed over 200 delegates from across many European countries. On its website, which cites several attendees, the global packaging director at Reckitt Benckiser is quoted as saying: “Packaging Summit 2006 was a great conference: lots of interesting presentations with up-to-date information and lots of interesting people in the audience.”
According to a recent survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and KPMG, employers who were holding off making redundancies have reconsidered their position as a result of deteriorating economic conditions.Twenty-six per cent of responding employers reported having contingency plans to make new or further redundancies in the next 12 months, in addition to those already planned. The survey also reported that every employee made redundant costs the employer on average £10,000.Redundancy law has moved on since the last downturn affected the baking industry and you will expose your business to expensive claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination if you do not follow current law and practice. The compulsory dispute resolution regulations generally apply to all dismissals, including redundancies, except where the rules on collective redundancies apply. If you do not follow the minimum three-step dismissal procedure, the redundancy will be automatically unfair, where an employee has requisite service, and compensation can be increased by up to 50%.In brief the compulsory dismissal procedure requires:Step 1: The employer to write to the employee stating the grounds for their proposed redundancy and inviting them to attend a meeting to discuss the situation before a final decision is taken.Step 2: Meeting. Step 3: Appeal.Whenever a redundancy is proposed, meaningful consultation must take place, and should be capable of being shown to have taken place, in order to avoid a negative outcome at an Employment Tribunal. Two or more meetings will normally be required to allow for meaningful consultation. The meetings should also be used to explore the possibility of alternative employment, which is another crucial element required to achieve a fair redundancy.Employees have the right to make a reasonable request to be accompanied by another employee or a trade union official of their choice at the meetings. Companions do not have the right to answer questions put to the employee, but can otherwise take an active role during a meeting. Compensation can be awarded where the right is infringed.In addition to complying with the compulsory dispute procedures, an employer must be able to show that it acted reasonably in all the circumstances (including its size and administrative resources). Fair and objective criteria and a consistent approach are key. A paper trail showing what an employer did is usually crucial to defending a claim.Where an employee is selected as being potentially redundant, subject to consultation and after the employer has applied its objective criterion to the pool of staff that were at risk, difficult questions often arise about how much information should be disclosed to the employee to explain their selection. Based on recent case decisions my advice in such situations is:l Enclose details of the individual’s own scores (based on criteria such as skills, flexibility and length of service) with the Step 1 letterl Enclose a schedule of the other pool employees’ total scores, but on an anonymised basis with the Step 1 letter.This is slightly more cautious than the cases suggest, but should provide you with substantial protection and has the benefit of allowing for any scoring mistakes to be picked up during the consultation stage rather than at the Employment Tribunals.The legal landscape looks set to change on 6 April, 2009. The compulsory dispute resolution regulations will probably be abolished and replaced by a new Acas Code of Practice, the draft form of which applies to disciplinary and grievance procedures only. Redundancy and fixed-term contracts will be beyond its scope. The extent to which Employment Tribunals apply the principles in the current procedures to redundancies from 6 April, 2009, remains to be seen.? Ray Silverstein is a partner at legal firm Browne Jacobson
Source: ArômeFrench bakery Arôme is set to open its first permanent bricks and mortar site in The Yards shopping mall, Covent Garden.The artisan bakery has signed a new lease with Longmartin Properties on a 2,000 sq ft store at 9 Mercer Street, Covent Garden. The deal marks its first permanent site in the UK, which is due to open in November.Created by pâtissier Alex Andre and backed by restauranteur Ellen Chew’s Chew on This group, the bakery’s new lease follows its pop-up store in Soho earlier this year.The menu will retain its French patisserie roots whilst exploring multicultural flavours from Singapore and Japan, Arôme said. Its offering will include Gula Melaka Coconut Bun and Laksa Tomato Bread, as well as a selection of pastries, bread and desserts.The interior will be inspired by a classic Asian room of simplicity and functionality, said the firm, and will be lined with wooden and large glass panels.“This latest deal marks a huge milestone for Arôme following our pop-up store in Soho,” said Ellen Chew, co-founder of Arôme.“We have put a lot of consideration into finding the perfect location for our first ever bricks and mortar bakery. Being based in central London, The Yards Covent Garden is such a desirable area of the West End for foodies.”The bakery will adhere to the latest government guidelines and apply socially distancing measures and accompanying signage in store.“Arôme is a unique concept and its commitment to its cultural heritage creates a one-of-a-kind offer that will fit in seamlessly among our popular multicultural eateries. We are pleased Arôme selected The Yards for its first permanent location and this signing highlights our continued investment and dedication to bring innovative and exciting brands to the area,” said Simon Taylor, property director at Longmartin Properties.Longmartin Properties is a joint venture between Shaftesbury and Mercers’ Company.
Last night, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band performed for the second of three nights at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York with a little help from uber-talented guests Karl Denson (The Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) and Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Widespread Panic). The stage was crowded with nine musicians on board for the entirety of the evening. The Terrapin Family Band began at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads and has expanded naturally beyond the realm of their original repertoire of Grateful Dead music.Last night’s lineup included Lesh on bass, his son Grahame Lesh on guitar, Alex Koford on guitar, Jason Crosby on keyboards, Ross James on guitar, Nathan Graham on drums, and Elliot Peck infusing delicate vocals to the sound. Add multi-instrumentalist sensation Karl Denson on saxophone, flute, and any other percussive instrument he is able to get his hands on, as well as rock-star shredder Jimmy Herring, and the result is one helluva night.Starting off slowly, the band rolled into “Mason’s Children”, the Hunter & Garcia tune about the tragedy at Altamont. Before Peck’s vocals led the band through a sizzlin’ rendition of “New Speedway Boogie” with Herring electrifying on his custom, black-and-white Fender Stratocaster. Lesh stepped to the microphone next to conduct a dreamy “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”, which gave way to a heart-wrenching version of “Wharf Rat.” “Wharf Rat” was debuted at The Capitol Theatre in February 1971 and has always been a crowd favorite. Last night, the band did the tune justice, with Koford on lead vocals.James then stepped up to belt out a rowdy version of Barlowe & Weir’s “Throwin’ Stones”, and kept the political tone going with a cover of Neil Young’s “Ohio.” Koford remained at lead vocals for a stirring “Ship of Fools”, before closing the set with a segmented “Unbroken Chain”, with many interlude jams mixed in this Lesh concoction. “Unbroken Chain” featured Denson on saxophone and later on to flute to create a suave interplay with Herring’s guitar licks. Many teases were noticed, including a couple of measures of The Meters’ “Ain’t No Use”, as well as Neil Young’s “Southern Man”.The stacked line-up of musicians sauntered back on stage to play one of two incomplete combinations, foreshadowing tonight’s set-list. Grahame Lesh on vocals carried the band through Hunter & Garcia’s “Help on the Way > Slipknot”, before the band segued into an intense, psychedelic progression of Barlowe’s “Let It Grow” with Grahame Lesh on lead instead of the customary “Franklin’s Tower” combination.Peck shared a sentimental duet with Phil Lesh for Hunter & Garcia’s “Mountains on the Moon” before segueing into “Scarlet Begonias.” The band chose not to follow with the traditional “Fire on the Mountain.” Instead, Graham Lesh led the nine-headed machine through a complete Terrapin Suite with a rare “Jack O’Roses” opening. Keeping the jams coming, the band breezed through a momentous “Lady with a Fan” into a inspiring “Terrapin Station”, with Elliot Peck’s vocals meshing nicely with the voices of the father and son duo. Grahame Lesh closed the movement with the reprise of “Jack O’Roses” with zest and swagger.The entire stage, and audience, embraced a heartwarming “Uncle John’s Band”, with the lyrics resonating for miles. To close the second set, Peck and Denson shared lead vocals for a lively cover of Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour.” Over the course of the night, Denson displayed many of his talents, as his vocal and multi-instrumentalist performances shone equally bright.As an encore, the nine-piece all-star cast of musicians returned to the stage to play a juicy cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young’s “Almost Cut my Hair”, with Elliot Peck’s vocals unmatched.The band returns to the Capitol Theatre tonight to finish what they started and to complete their Phil-O-Ween run. Doors open 6:30 pm, show starts at 8 o clock sharp. Jimmy Herring will be accompanying this badass group once more tonight, so if you can get there, you should do so. You will not regret it.SET LIST: 11/1/18- Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band with special guests Jimmy Herring & Karl DensonCapitol Theatre, Port Chester, NYPhil Lesh (bass)Ross James (guitar)Grahame Lesh (guitar)Alex Koford (guitar)Jason Crosby (keyboards)Nathan Graham (drums)Elliott Peck (vocals)Jimmy Herring (guitar)Karl Denson (sax, flute, percussion)Set 1:Mason’s Children – GL/PL/AKNew Speedway Boogie – EPMississippi Half Step – PL >Wharf Rat – AK >Throwin Stones – RJOhio – AK >Ship of Fools – AK >Unbroken Chain – PLSet 2:Help on the Way – GL >Slipknot >Let It Grow – GLMountains of the Moon – PL/EP >Scarlet Begonias – GL/AK/EPJack O’Roses – GL >Lady With A Fan – GL/EP/PL >Terrapin Station – GL/EP/PL >Jack o’Roses reprise – GLUncle John’s Band – AllMidnight Hour – EP/KDE: Almost Cut My Hair – AK
It’s estimated that each year in Georgia, one couple files for divorce for every two couples that get married. Couples who participate in premarital counseling are at a lower risk for divorce. Engaged couples in the Athens, Ga., area are invited to participate in a pre-marital preparation and relationship enhancement program provided by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Aspire Clinic.A day-long program, limited to 10 couples, is scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Sandy Creek Nature Center.Couples can also enroll for a series of six one-on-one sessions with a trained counselor at the ASPIRE Clinic, located on the UGA campus. Registration for either option is $60. Couples who complete the program qualify for a $35 discount on their marriage license.For more information, visit www.gamarriages.com or contact Ted Futris at (706) 542-7566 or [email protected]
TVA’s coal generation now just 20% of total, down from 60% in 2005 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The chief executive of the Tennessee Valley Authority said on Tuesday the U.S.-owned power generator expects to get more than 60 percent of its energy from non-carbon-emitting sources by 2020, compared with over 50 percent in 2018.Bill Johnson, who turned 65 in January, announced his retirement as CEO at TVA in November. His last day is Friday. He is expected to be named as the new CEO of California energy company PG&E Corp, which sought bankruptcy protection in January amid potentially staggering liabilities related to wildfires, according to a source familiar with the matter.Since Johnson became CEO of TVA in 2013, the company has spent about $15 billion to modernize its generating fleet, reduced carbon emissions by retiring coal units and cut debt by $3.5 billion, all while keeping consumer electric prices basically flat.“Our generating fleet is now very diverse and clean,” Johnson said, noting the changes were driven by the mandate in the TVA Act “to produce energy at the lowest feasible rate.”TVA’s energy mix is now about 40 percent nuclear, 20 percent natural gas, a little over 20 percent coal, 11-13 percent hydro and the rest renewables and energy efficiency. That compares with 60 percent coal, little gas, 30 percent nuclear and the rest hydro in 2005.In February, TVA’s board voted to shut two more coal plants – Bull Run in Tennessee by 2020 and Paradise in Kentucky by 2023 – for economic reasons despite strong opposition from the Trump administration. When those plants shut, Johnson said coal will only represent about 17 percent of TVA’s energy mix.More: TVA to get 60 percent of energy from non-carbon sources by 2020: CEO
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Indian Railways has taken some significant measures over the last few weeks that will cement its place as one of the single largest clean energy users in India. These steps include the issuance of tenders for large-scale solar power projects and the commissioning of a first-of-its-kind project to use solar power for trains’ traction systems.These measures are part of Indian Railways’ long-term sustainability goals. According to a 2017 study, Indian Railways has a potential to set up 5 gigawatts of solar power capacity, which will be sufficient to meet all its power demand in the coming years.India’s minister for railways recently announced that Indian Railways has commissioned a 1.7-megawatt solar power project. Power generated from this project will be supplied to trains’ traction system. This project is the first of its kind in the world, Indian Railways has claimed. The project is located in Madhya Pradesh and was commissioned by a public sector company, BHEL. According to Indian Railways, the project is expected to generate 2.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year, resulting in annual savings of around $180,000.The 1.7-megawatt project has been implemented on an experimental basis and will form the foundation for gigawatt-scale solar-powered train operations. Railways Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL) has been assigned the responsibility to set up 3 gigawatts of solar power projects across the country to ensure solar power supply to Indian Railways’ vast network. These large-scale solar power projects will be commissioned over the unused land that Indian Railways owns across the country.Last year, REMCL issued two tenders to procure 140 megawatts and 109 megawatts of solar and wind power. These projects will be spread across multiple states. The Railways has put more emphasis on wind power capacity in these tenders, possibly to ensure the round-the-clock supply power necessary to operate trains.In June, REMCL issued a 400-megawatt solar power tender. This capacity will be distributed across six states. Three of these six states do not have any significant solar power capacity operational. Project developers are mandated to use Indian-made solar cells and modules for these projects. Earlier this month, another tender was issued by REMCL with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts. Again, developers will be required to use only Indian-made solar cells and modules. Developers will supply power at a fixed rate for 25 years.[Smiti]More: Indian Railways accelerates toward a solar future with new tenders Indian Railways moving toward a solar-powered future
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Renewables are set to overtake coal this decade as the world’s favorite fuel to generate electricity, the International Energy Agency says.Solar photovoltaics are now cheaper than plants fired by coal and natural gas in most nations, the Paris-based researchers concludes in its annual report on global energy trends. Those cheaper costs along with government efforts to slash climate-damaging emissions will increasingly push coal off the grid and give renewables 80% of the market for new power generation by 2030, the IEA says.The findings mark a profound shift away from fossil fuels in the world’s energy supply at a time when governments everywhere are looking for ways to rein in the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. While hydroelectric plants will continue to be the biggest source of renewable power, solar is catching up quickly because the cost of manufacturing and installing panels has come down so much.“I see solar becoming the new king of the world’s electricity markets,” Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, says in a statement with the report on Tuesday. “Based on today’s policy settings, it’s on track to set new records for deployment every year after 2022.”It also anticipates natural gas demand slowly easing in developed nations, especially Europe, and coal dropping everywhere. About 275 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity worldwide, 13% of the 2019 total, will be shut off by 2025, mostly in the U.S. and European Union. That will more than offset increases in coal demand in developing economies in Asia.Coal’s share of the global power supply is set to fall to 28% in 2030 from 37% in 2019. By 2040, the fuel that once was a staple of utilities will fall below 20% for the first time since the industrial revolution, the IEA concludes. That decline could be even sharper if governments pick up the pace on decarbonization.[Will Mathis and Jeremy Hodges]More: Solar pushes aside coal as the cheapest fuel for power, IEA says IEA’s Birol: Solar soon to be the ‘new king of the world’s electricity markets’