Advertisements The Jamaica Midwives Association and the Jamaica Association of Education Officers are the latest groups to sign the Heads of Agreement for the 2015/17 contract period.The associations signed in a ceremony at the Ministry of Finance and Planning on Wednesday, November 4.Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, speaking then as Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, commended the members of both associations for their patriotism and understanding, while emphasising the Government’s commitment to honouring the terms of the agreement.“I want to congratulate both associations for your commitment to the country and for signing. The public sector workers of Jamaica …work very hard to deliver service to the people of Jamaica,” he said.Minister Dalley also reiterated the Government’s intention to conduct a review of the pay policy for public sector workers during the 2015/17 contract period to see how best they can be adequately remunerated. He said that the findings will be shared with the unions as well as the members of the public sector.President of the Jamaica Midwives Association, Aseta Edwards Hamilton, in her brief address, said the association is mindful of the sacrifices that must be made for the advancement of the country.“We are signing in the interest of good faith as we understand the economic challenges the country is facing. As midwives, we know we have to make sacrifices in order to help the country to move forward,” she said.President of the Jamaica Association of Education Officers, Patricia Perry, thanked Minister Dalley and the team at the Ministry for their professionalism during the negotiations.“We want to acknowledge our Minister for his prompt response to our requests for meetings. I would like to express our appreciation to the team for the cordiality with which the negotiations were conducted. I am sure that our members will feel encouraged to continue to contribute to the quality education in Jamaica,” she said. RelatedAuditors Urged To Carry Out Duties Effectively RelatedJamaica Surpasses September Targets Under IMF Agreement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe Jamaica Midwives Association and the Jamaica Association of Education Officers are the latest groups to sign the Heads of Agreement for the 2015/17 contract period.The associations signed in a ceremony at the Ministry of Finance and Planning on Wednesday, November 4.Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, speaking then as Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, commended the members of both associations for their patriotism and understanding, while emphasising the Government’s commitment to honouring the terms of the agreement. RelatedNew Law to Improve Efficiency and Transparency in Govt Procurement Midwives and Education Officers Sign 2015/17 Heads of Agreement Finance & Public ServiceNovember 11, 2015Written by: Shari-Ann Palmer
The European Commission has extended the liner shipping industry’s exemption from its antitrust consortia regulation, which will allow container lines to continue the deepsea alliance structure.Despite repeated calls from liner industry customers and suppliers for the EC’s competition commission to review container carriers’ protection via the Block Exemption Regulation (BER), in place since Europe outlawed the conference system, the commission today decided it would be extended to 25 April 2024.It said: “The commission has found that the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation results in efficiencies for carriers that can better use vessels’ capacity and offer more connections.“The exemption only applies to consortia with a market share not exceeding 30%, and whose members are free to price independently. By Gavin van Marle 24/03/2020 ID 105538926 © Andreykuzmin | Dreamstime.com “In that context, those efficiencies result in lower prices and better quality of service for consumers. Specifically, the evaluation has shown that in recent years both costs for carriers and prices for customers per teu have decreased by approximately 30% and quality of service has remained stable.”The extension was welcomed by liner lobby group the World Shipping Council (WSC).“The liner shipping industry has maintained support for the BER because it creates legal certainty for the use of vessel sharing agreements, which are essential operating tools used by carriers to provide customers with better services at lower cost and with improved environmental performance,” said its president and chief executive, John Butler.“Vessel sharing is the backbone of the global liner shipping network, and we should not underestimate the value of this tool for smaller carriers and lower-volume tradelanes where demand might not otherwise support as many competitors.”However, the way the exemption was apparently “nodded through” by EC competition officials has angered a range of industry stakeholders – joint statements by shippers, forwarders, ports, terminals, tug operators and hauliers claim their concerns have not been listened to.