first_imgDonegal County Childcare has this week spoken out about the serious implications for the early childhood sector in Donegal regarding Minister Joan Burton’s proposal to transfer the responsibility for paying sick pay from the Department of Social Protection to employers.Donegal County Childcare has taken numerous calls from concerned early childhood service providers who are worried that if they are forced to pay the extended period of sick pay they may be put out of business.The Donegal County Childcare annual census 2011 revealed the importance of the early childhood sector in Donegal in terms of direct employment, early childhood education and women’s access to the labour market. More than 700 people are employed in the Donegal early childhood sector made up from a total of 151 early childhood services– 88 community managed and 63 privately managed. Donegal has achieved 100% uptake on the Government supported Free Pre-School Year in County Donegal providing 780 full-time childcare places and 3,348 part time childcare places in early childhood services across the county.Avril Sweeney Manager of Donegal County Childcare insisted: “This proposal has serious implications for both private and community childcare employers as under the conditions of the Childcare (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006, early childhood service providers are legally obligated to maintain specific adult-child ratios in order to operate their service.“Unlike businesses where work can be delegated to other staff or shelved until such times as an employee returns from sick leave, early childhood staff need to be replaced to maintain legislated ratios. In practical terms, this means that early childhood services already struggling to meet their running costs will be forced to pay double in terms of sick pay and replacement staff pay.“To further compound these difficulties, even if substitute staff could be employed to cover sick leave, the Garda Vetting procedures are taking anything between 8-16 weeks to process, leaving employers in an altogether  impossible situation regarding the operation of their service.” GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS WILL HIT CHILDCARE IN DONEGAL, SAYS MANAGER was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Honest opinions at Grand Turk Public Press Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – At least one Grand Turk attendee expressed that she believes the government has fallen short when it comes to healthcare, job opportunities for the indigenous people and upkeep of the infrastructure. Frank exchanges are a signature part of the recent Public Press Conferences being hosted by the Rufus Ewing Administration; last night was Grand Turk’s turn.The Premier was challenged by numbers published from the Country Poverty Assessment, which revealed that Haitians were with nearly 11,000 people in TCI while the British Overseas Territory citizen, and native people together were put at just over 12,000. Applause supported the woman’s position that any new immigration laws must protect and advance Turks and Caicos Islanders first.The PNP government is accused of rushing the legislation due to be debated in the House of Assembly next week. Related Items:grand turk, premier rufus ewing, public conferencelast_img read more

More back office duties moved to Gozo

first_imgMGOZ / George ScerriMGOZ / George Scerri The Office of the Commissioner for Taxes in Gozo is giving a valid contribution to the Malta department as regards back office issues, as well as carrying out a full service in Gozo in all matters relating to VAT, income tax and inheritance among others.This was stated by Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna during a visit to the Gozo centre, which is located in Victoria.MGOZ / George ScerriAt present, the centre in Gozo is made up of 50 members of staff whose work includes VAT and grants on various schemes such as weddings and funerals, as well as all online submissions made by notaries based in Malta and Gozo.Minister Scicluna explained initiative of this kind is in line with the government’s principle that Gozitans are able to do work in Gozo without any extra inconvenience.In 2017, every economic sector Gozo recorded an increase in jobs; with the biggest increases recorded in the professional, scientific and technical jobs, as well as the management and support sectors where they reached almost 30%, whereas in the information and communication sectors, growth reached almost 25%.MGOZ / George ScerriMinister for Gozo Justyne Caruana was also present for this visit. She commented that centres such as these not only create jobs for Gozitans, but also increase the range of services available to the Maltese population.“We are seeing that a single project can serve two functions; consequently, it is the government’s commitment to continue working to increasing these types of initiatives. The Ministry is committed to continue to open more offices along well with a review of the agreement we have with various ministries and other authorities to enable us to give better service to the public in Gozo,” she said.Minister Caruana added that the coming weeks will see the start of renovation work at the Ministry for Gozo, including the Department of Inland Revenue.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more