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UK workers are losing rights

Posted in news, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 12, 2009 by Silvia

“Tory MPs are continuing to promote a Bill to abolish the minimum wage, which is due to be debated tomorrow.”

Yesterday, I was asking a Union representative: “What about the Minimum Wage? What’s going to happen?” He just answered: ” You’re not in the Minimum Wage, so you don’t need to worry about it!”  “So, what was that propaganda all about? Just a strategy to earn votes?” – I asked. He replied: “Oh, they always do that.” Without wanting to question the Union’s strategy (I think the Unions are of major importance in any economy, to protect the workers of all kind of abuses), I must question this position and this kind of answers. I don’t mind that one answer is given to avoid a long sequence of explanations, and I think this is the case. But it’s a wrong philosophy. The Unions must be like the Musketeers, if they want to win – “All for one and one for all!” Even if I’m not earning the Minimum Wage, I must be concerned about the ones who are.

Commuter Chaos As RMT Workers Bring London Underground To A Standstill

 The Minimum Wage is a right of every worker. It is a prevention against the exploitation of the human being by unscrupulous employers – and there are so many, you can’t imagine.  Its abolition will allow this kind of exploitation to grow to an unprecedented level. A job will be given to the one who is disposed to work for two pounds, rather to the one who works for five. Due to the competition, all wages will consequently lower. As many people know and is very well informed by the JobCentre, the earnings in benefits may consequently be higher than the wages paid for working. So, many people will opt for staying at home instead of going to work and earning less. It will be another shock to the economy, and one very difficult to turn around. So, the ones who think that it will increase competitivity are wrong. Once more, I must quote the example of my country, Portugal. There, the Minimum Wage wasn’t abolished (but it’s not even worth to go through the trouble, because it is already a misery), but the employers still wanted to pay less or not to pay at all. So, they recurred to illegal workers, who, due to their conditions, work for any price. The Portuguese Minister of Economy went to China, trying to attract Chinese investors to the country, and his strongest argument was: “Portugal has a very competitive economy, because the wages are low.” The Portuguese, for the first time aware of the Governments’ strategy, almost got in shock with this statement and there were riots.

 Commuter Chaos As RMT Workers Bring London Underground To A Standstill

Another example I must quote, and which I referred to the Union when this debate concerning the Minimum Wage started: we are not paid for our breaks, even though we must remain in the workplace and many times we don’t even have breaks at all; we are not entitled to sickness payment, unless we suffer a terrible accident in the workplace, we are not entitled to Holiday allowance or to what they call the 13 month, we don’t have even a “meal allowance”. Losing the Minimum Wage means the loss of the last of the low-paid worker’s right, and this will have strong psychological effects on motivation, which is a factor that has a heavy weight on a company’s success.

So, is it worth it?…

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Breaking News – 80 million pounds transfer

Posted in news, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 11, 2009 by Silvia

Cristiano Ronaldo is going to Real Madrid, with a transference worth 80 millions. I should write about this, because I’m a Portuguese and I question how this fact leaves us, the Portuguese living here in England. Our faces are on the ground. What’s the price for loyalty? What’s the price for conscience?  Before the Champions League Final, he was there, hitting on the chest, pledging his loyalty and his dedication (he even talked about love) to Manchester United; saying that Sir Alex Ferguson was like a father to him and so on.  Well, this love story has had its ups and downs, because Cristiano Ronaldo had told before that he was like a slave (does he know what is slavery???). With the weekly wage and the quality of life he had, what would the average worker say?

This eighty millions leave us all with a weight in our minds, when we see around the whole world children dying of starvation, people who are not entitled to medical assistance, places, like hospitals, where a shamefully few 500 euro mean the difference between staying open and available to public or closing. Unlike the example quoted before on Rock the Cage, Michael Schumacher, the majority of Football players don’t give a dime to help anyone. My sincere apologies to the exceptions, who certainly will find a place with honour in our rows.

Scam – threats used to earn money

Posted in news with tags , , on June 9, 2009 by Silvia

This news was collected from http://www.iol.pt and translated into English by the Word automatic Translation service. I thought it would be of major importance, in a moment when a young man, Gary McKinnon, is on trial and in risk of being extradited to the USA for accessing the US Navy and Nasa computers during 2001 and 2002, and sentenced to circa 70 years in jail. What’s the difference between the two stories, which we must pay attention to? This criminal below does not suffer from Asperger syndrome, is complimented as “brilliant” in this example of the Press and won’t be extradited to the USA.

In Portugal, the maximum verdict for the use of the Internet in the preparation of Terrorism is of six months and the maximum condemnation for any kind of crime is of 25 years. A parole is granted at half of the sentence for good behaviour.

“Title: “Brilliant” criminal extorted 190 thousand euro by telephone

Subtitle: MP accuses young that threatened to blow up bombs in offices in U.S.A., Holland, Denmark and the United kingdom

A Portuguese-American citizen, about 30 years old, and seven familiar and friends of that one, had been accused by the Public prosecution service of Coimbra for 27 crimes of qualified extortion, 27 of aggravated scam and one of money laundry in a case where terrorist threats had been used.

In accordance with a note of the Office of the general attorney of the Republic, the main suspect telephoned, from Portugal, to companies where financial services of the Western Union or the Moneygram functioned, situated in U.S.A., the United kingdom, Holland and Denmark, under the threat of deflagration of explosive devices or appealing to “other deceiving expedients”, obtaining to take the electronic to effectuate transferences having addressees of relatives and friends of the criminal.

In the total they will have been transferred 190 thousand euro, in tranches of 400, 500, a thousand euro, 1500 and up to three thousand euro. The contacts were made, namely, through the Skype.

He reported technical problems and presented himself as fired former-employee

The suspect presented himself, sometimes, as an employee of the technical support of the Western Union, informing that the system evidenced functioning deficiencies and taking the entities to do ”test” transferences.

In another case, he alleged to be a former employee of the company, threatening to blow up a bomb, as retaliation, if the requested sum wasn’t deposited where he indicated.

Another judicial source detaches the “extraordinary” knowledge of computer science of the accused, resident in the zone of Viseu, that acted in a “brilliant” way, showing a deep knowledge of the places where he called to, namely with resource to the Google Earth.

The fact of dominating perfectly the English language, since he lived in the U.S.A., helped to make the threats credible. The suspect did not have professional occupation. “He was too much smart to work”, spoke ironically a heard source. The suspect, who initiated his criminal activity in 2007, and who resides in Portugal since 2003, is in preventive custody, since June of the last year. The American authorities asked for his extradition, and it was refused because Portuguese justice does not extradite nationals.

On the other hand, the Public prosecution service is going to investigate in Portugal the participation of the accused in the assault to a bank in Miami.

Witnesses heard by videoconference, from Hawaii

In accordance with a note from the Office of the general attorney of the Republic, the inquiry was directed by the National Unit against Terrorism of the PJ.

The remaining accused are liable to measures of coercion which do not include prison. Direct sources of the Public prosecution service detached the great cooperation of the North American authorities who allowed the inquiry for future memory of 20 witnesses by videoconference, some from Hawaii.”

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