Labor unions strike, stage rallies to oppose controversial new jobs law

first_imgTopics : Labor unions and civil society organizations across the archipelago have staged nationwide protests and strikes to oppose the newly passed Job Creation Law, demanding the House of Representatives revoke the controversial law feared to infringe on workers’ rights.The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies and strikes in various cities for several days.”Workers from various sectors, such as textiles, mining, electronics, pharmaceuticals, tourism, logistics and other sectors, will stage protests in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Cilegon, Purwakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Aceh, Medan, Deli Serdang, Batam, Pekanbaru, Palembang and other cities,” KSPI president Said Iqbal said in a statement on Monday.Thousands of workers in Pulogadung Industrial Complex in East Jakarta staged a protest opposing the jobs law in front of their respective factories on Tuesday morning.”Workers in Pulogadung agreed to skip working today to show support for [movements] against the Job Creation Law. We planned to stage rallies in front of our factories and on roads in the Pulogadung area until Thursday,” protest coordinator Hilman Firmansyah said as reported by kompas.com.Thousands of workers from factories in Karawang, West Java, also staged protests in front of their factories to oppose the law on Tuesday.The workers opted to conduct sporadic protests in order to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission during the rallies, especially since many virus clusters have emerged in Karawang industrial areas.They also limited the number of people participating in the protests and ensured that protestors wore masks and maintained physical distance.Read also: Amnesty dubs new Omnibus Law ‘catastrophic’, petition urges no confidence motionIn Bandung, West Java, thousands of workers from various labor unions rallied at the Bandung Legislative Council compound and City Hall on Tuesday morning.The protestors, carrying umbrellas and wearing masks, sat on the road while voicing their concerns over the impact of the law on their working conditions.Dozens of workers under the Central Java Federation of Trade Unions (KSPN) opted to stage a protest in front of their office in Semarang, Central Java on Tuesday.KSPN head Nanang Setyono said despite workers under the labor group having decided not to hold a strike, they would still oppose the law through legal process.”We’re planning to file a judicial review against the omnibus law with the Constitutional Court,” Nanang said.The Jakarta Police had deployed 2,300 personnel around the House compound in Senayan, Central Jakarta to anticipate rallies.The Jakarta police had previously refused to issue permits for protests and rallies over concern for COVID-19 transmission.The House and the government on Monday passed into law the contentious omnibus bill on job creation, sooner than its original plan to enact the bill on Thursday.Despite mounting objections over fears it would negatively impact the environment and labor rights, the government continued to insist that the law was necessary to improve bureaucratic efficiency in order to boost business and investment. (nal)last_img read more

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Offense responds in big way against OSU

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team has finally put an end to its two-game losing streak.After dropping matches against Washington and Penn State over the course of the past week, the Badgers defeated Ohio State in three sets Sunday afternoon.According to head coach Kelly Sheffield, losing two games straight has not hurt the Badgers in their pride whatsoever. He said he sees Wisconsin as a strong team and believes that strong teams are able to come back. The Badgers displayed determination and perseverance against the Buckeyes, fighting off several OSU rallies throughout the three-set sweep.Although the match against Ohio State was the first time in the last four matches Wisconsin hasn’t faced off a ranked opponent, Sheffield was confident his team was ready to take on any opponent.“It wouldn’t have mattered who was wearing the uniform on the other side of the net,” Sheffield said. “You totally expect this team to come out and make a statement and I thought that’s what we did that today.”The distribution of hitters made a statement for the Wisconsin offense, helping it get back on the right track. The attackers seemed to be particularly challenging for Ohio State’s defense. The tandem play of Wisconsin’s middle blocker Dominique Thompson and right side hitter Courtney Thomas forced OSU’s back court defense to stay on its toes, as the two Badgers finished the match with a combined 21 kills.“We all were very focused, and we all wanted to get out of this losing streak that we were in,” Thompson said. “We wanted to come out hard today and show everybody what we could actually do.”Due to OSU’s constant substitution and switching between running a 5-1 and a 6-2 offense, Sheffield strategized multiple plays to mix up where Thompson and Thomas hit from along the net in order to throw the Buckeyes off balance.“Part of our game plan was to attack the middle part of the court. Our middles did a really good job today of transitioning hard,” setter Lauren Carlini said. “Courtney [Thomas] also did really well hitting from the middle of the court too.”Throughout the match, Thomas ran a route in which she approached her kills from the middle of the net, while Thompson would simultaneously approach from the right side for a slide shot off a quick back set from Carlini.“Lauren was trying to get the ball to Dom [Thompson] a lot early,” Sheffield said. “We thought we could be successful early at the middle part of the court, not just with her, but we thought that we could get the ball to Court on some second tempo balls in the middle.”That game plan set up was very effective for the Wisconsin’s offense as Thompson swung for 10 kills, while hitting at a .391 clip, and assisted on three blocks by the end of the match. That was an improvement from Thompson’s performance against Penn State where she had only six kills and a .333 hitting percentage.“I think we’ve got players that take pride when things don’t go the way that they want them to in a match,” Sheffield said. “They’re going to make sure that they come back with strength.”This is particularly true for Thomas, Wisconsin’s right side hitter.In Wednesday’s match, Penn State silenced Thomas, who completed the match with only one kill. Sunday, she finished on an entirely different note as she emerged from the match against OSU with 11, the highest amount of kills on either team.“I knew they [Penn State] set up a good block against me. I’m not always going to have a great game,” Thomas said. “If they set up a good block on me, so what, the next game gives me an opportunity to bounce back.”Sunday was an ideal time for the Badgers to bounce back and finish on top, as this win signifies both the end to a losing streak, as well as their first conference win of the season.“It feels good,” Carlini said. “It’s hard to play well against this team, but we executed the game plan well, and came out this week for our first Big Ten win. We’re excited about it.”Wisconsin will travel to Illinois to face off against the Northwestern Wildcats this Wednesday, as the Badgers continue to work their way through a challenging Big Ten schedule with a growing determination and confidence in their play.last_img read more

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FAI launches second probe into Limerick FC matches

first_img Submit Related Articles Share Igor Labuts has match-fixing ruling overturned July 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Limerick FC unveils partnership with online betting firm December 18, 2017 Share FAI investigates suspicious betting on Irish football matches May 20, 2019 The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has confirmed that it has launched a second investigation into football matches involving Limerick FC after identifying a number of unusual betting patterns. The football association explained that they are looking into bets placed on the recent FAI Cup game between Sligo Rovers v Limerick FC on August 24, in which Sligo Rovers won 6-2.This new investigation follows on from a separate, ongoing investigation into a First Division fixture between Shelbourne and Limerick in April, in which Limerick lost  2-0 to Shelbourne.An FAI statement has confirmed that “both investigations were launched following the receipt of reports from UEFA to the FAI concerning unusual betting patterns around the two games.”An FAI spokesperson explained that the FAI has a “zero tolerance policy on match fixing”: “We have acted on the back of the UEFA report into two Limerick games, against Shelbourne in April and Sligo Rovers last month, and our investigations are ongoing.“We are committed to a zero tolerance policy on match fixing in conjunction with UEFA. The FAI, as stated earlier, is also aware of a Garda investigation into match fixing.”Irish Gardaí took part in a thorough search operation of Limerick sports ground as part of the investigation, in which documentation and electronic devices are understood to have been seized.The FAI were also investigating a League of Ireland First Division match between  vs Limerick FC in relation to suspicious betting back in May of this year.A 3-2 victory for underdogs Limerick was placed under scrutiny with regards to betting activity witnessed on a market that was reported to have attracted ‘significant volume’ for an encounter that usually holds little punter interest.last_img read more

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Prison escapee Uree Varswyck killed by Police

first_img…2 arrested for harbouring wanted menPrison escapee Uree Varswyck, also known as Malcolm Gordon, was killed in ashootout with law enforcement officers on a Joint Services intelligence-led operation at Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden at about 23:45h on Thursday.Reports are that ex-policeman Varswyck and fellow fugitive from justice MarkTear gas mask found in the houseRoyden Durant, aka Royden Williams and Smallie, were seen in the Central Amelia’s Ward area of Linden, Region 10, a short distance away from the Amelia’s Ward Police Outpost. As Joint Services ranks approached their hideout, they opened fire. The ranks returned fire, killing Varswyck in the process. His body is at the Wismar Hospital Mortuary, Linden as ranks continue their relentless pursuit of Royden Williams.A 9MM pistol with 40 live rounds, a haversack and cloth bag containing medication, a gas mask,military camouflage clothing, toiletries and a cellular phone were found when police went to retrieve Varswyck’s body. A bicycle and a rakeGun and ammunitionwere leaning against the small wooden house. Black plastic bags were spotted inside the yard, and a spade was at the front of the yard. A bag of tennis rolls was just outside the front of the fence, and the gate to the premises was secured. Varswyck, who had escaped from prison while on remand for murder, was lying dead clad in a camouflage vest and a pair of military boots.Residents in vicinity of the shootout recalled seeing Police occasionally traversingDead: Uree Varswyck aka Malcom Gordonthe area. A resident recalled hearing the commotion on Thursday evening and seeing the Police traversing the location. The resident also recalled spotting the owner of the house and another man fitting the description of Williams at the house over the course of the past week “smoking on the step”.One resident told this publication that they are “scared”, given that the area is densely vegetated. Another resident recalled hearing on Thursday evening what sounded like squibs going off, and noted that they were made aware of what had transpired only on Friday morning.‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander, (ag) Superintendent Anthony Vanderhyden, noted that Joint Services ranks acting on information headed to Lot 5118 Central Amelia’s Ward, whereupon shots rang out at them.The lawmen returned fire, killing Varswyck in the process. The Commander (ag)Clothing, medication and other items found in the housenoted that the deceased had been spotted in the company of Williams.Two other persons have since been arrested for reportedly harbouring the escapees. This newspaper understands that one of persons taken into custody is the owner of the said property where the incident occurred. Residents informed Guyana Times that the individual who owns the home is a “Rasta man” who goes by the alias “Priest”. One resident described him as a “cool Rasta man” who always “hail up everybody.”According to residents, the man has been living at the location for over seven years, and is a “well-known” individual.Investigations are ongoing.Varswyck, Royden Durant and Cobena Stephens, aka OJ, are said to be theThe alledged hideoutmasterminds behind the July 9, 2017 Camp Street Prison fire and escape which left prison officer Odinga Wickham dead.Durant, also called Royden Williams, was sentenced to death for the BarticaFood and beverages found in the hideout houseMassacre.last_img read more

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