Dutch shipping sector scheme to lose mandatory status

first_imgHijlke Hijlkema, the chairman of the pension fund, attributed the lack of support to the structure of the sector, with its 1,100 affiliated companies employing an average of just four staff.“They comprise many unattached entrepreneurs, skippers who are averse to too many rules and obligations,” he argued. Credit: Erich WestendarpIngrid Blom, responsible for social affairs at the employer organisations CBRB and BLN-Schuttevaer, said that the social partners wanted to develop new, non-mandatory pension arrangements, in order to generate sufficient scale and lower barriers for employers to join.However, both Blom and Klein said this would require extending the compulsory status of the pension fund by at least one year to allow for the transition.Hijlkema said he feared that suspending the scheme’s mandatory status would lead to a domino effect.“As large firms already pay wages from abroad and avoid mandatory participation, suspension may also tempt other employers to do the same,” he said. “This would lead to a vicious circle, with ever-increasing costs for the remaining companies.”Last year, the pension fund spent €327 per participant on pensions administration.At the end of last June, its funding ratio stood at 118.3%. Its financial position enabled the scheme to grant its participants and pensioners inflation compensation of 1.27%.The shipping scheme reported a 2% loss on investments. It has 4,985 workers, 11,335 deferred members and 2,910 pensioners. The €970m Dutch sector scheme for the Rhine and inland shipping is likely to lose its mandatory status, as not enough employers support the current compulsory participation.In its annual report for 2018, the Pensioenfonds Rijn- en Binnenvaart said that 40.7% of active participants were employed by companies affiliated with an industry organisation that had requested mandatory participation.This figure must be at least 50% for the pension fund to keep its legal mandatory status, and both the pension fund and its social partners have warned that the necessary improvement is unlikely be achieved before the deadline in May next year.According to Bert Klein, trustee at trade union Nautilus International, possible alternatives – such as setting up a employer organisation dedicated to pensions, or a merger with another sector scheme – had already been ruled out “as they would create new problems”.last_img read more

Bacolod City bats for stricter fireworks rules

first_imgBACOLOD City – The local governmentunit of this city is set to confine the use of pyrotechnics during holidays byenforcing stricter regulation to lessen the risk of firework-related injuries. Familiaran also said that Pineda istasked to coordinate with the Permits and Licensing and Treasurer’s Office. Pineda for his part said the city has alreadydesignatedselling area for firecracker, which include the back of Pope JohnPaul Tower, Rizal Avenue and Reclamation Area. Familiaran said he issued MemorandumOrder No. 160 pursuant to City Ordinance No. 511 Series of 2009 and RepublicAct (RA) 7183. “We make sure that all correspondingpermits and licenses for the sale pyrotechnics are duly applied with paid forin the amount of P1,500 for the special permit,” he explained. According to Familiaran, thismemorandum mandates the police to conduct inspections to make suremanufacturers, retailers, and users of fireworks comply with all regulationsand laws, including RA 7183 or AnAct Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, and Use of Firecrackers and otherPyrotechnic Devices. “Pineda should coordinate with theBacolod City Police Office and Bureau of Fire Protection to ensure the properimplementation and regulation of security and safety of the area,” he said. Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran on Wednesdayenjoined Executive Assistant Ernesto Pineda, head of Task Force Paputok 2019,to coordinate with concerned agencies to strictly enforce laws and regulationson the sale, manufacture and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnicdevices. He added that village heads will betasked to identify their prescribed and designated areas for use offirecrackers and firework zone in their locality./PNlast_img read more

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack investigated in doping cover-up probe

first_imgFormer IAAF president Lamine Diack is being investigated in relation to allegations that he helped to cover up doping cases.The 82-year-old is suspected of taking money from Russia to sweep over positive drugs tests.His advisor, Habib Cisse, is also being investigated.Sebastian Coe succeeded the Senegalese as IAAF president in August, bringing an end to Diack’s 16-year reign.A statement from the IAAF confirmed that French police visited their offices on Tuesday to conduct interviews.”The IAAF confirms that, emanating from separate ongoing investigations by WADA’s independent commission and the IAAF’s own independent Ethics Commission into allegations surrounding its anti-doping rules and regulations, a French police investigation has now commenced,” a statement read. “The IAAF is fully cooperating with all investigations as it has been from the beginning of the process.”As part of the French investigation, police visited the IAAF HQ offices yesterday to carry out interviews and to access documentation.”The IAAF will make no further comment at this time.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Coastal GasLink Statement on RCMP Criminal Investigation

first_imgCALGARY, AB – Coastal GasLink released a Statement on the RCMP’s Criminal Investigation regarding security and safety concerns on the Morice West Forest Service Road.On January 8, 2020, the RCMP issued a news release expressing safety and security concerns following their discovery of hazardous blockades, partly cut trees and stacks of flammable materials and accelerants at locations along the Morice West Forest Service Road.The RCMP also announced the commencement of a criminal investigation under Section 247 of the Criminal Code in connection with the laying of traps.- Advertisement -Coastal GasLink President David Pfeiffer called the findings extremely disappointing.“Coastal GasLink respects the rights of individuals to peacefully and lawfully protest so long as their activities do not jeopardize the safety of the public, our employees, our contractors, or the RCMP,” said Mr. Pfeiffer.“Our primary concern is the safety of all users of this public forestry road, including those who wish to protest our activities. Unlawful actions that put people at risk for serious harm are dangerous, reckless and unacceptable, and do not reflect peaceful protest.”Advertisement “Once again, I invite Chief Namox to meet with Coastal GasLink so we can try to find common ground and a mutually agreeable solution that ensures the safety of all involved and that results in a peaceful resolution.”last_img read more