Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Facebook TAGSMinister for Finance Michael NoonanpoliticsRichard Boyd BarrettWealth taxWillie O’Dea TD Enterprise Support Grant should include older self-employed people WhatsApp FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has ruled out the introduction of a wealth tax, claiming that families with an income of more than €100,000 a year are struggling to make ends meet.Responding to People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett’s calls to introduce a wealth tax on incomes over €100,000, the Limerick Minister said households with such an income were not wealthy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking in the Dáil last week Minister Noonan added: “They’re barely getting the kids up in the morning and out to school, paying the bills, paying the mortgage, and keeping the car on the road. And if you think a gross income for a couple at €100,000 is wealth, you’re not meeting the real people.”However, Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea noted that families earning €100,000 a year are “a hell of a lot more wealthy than families with an income of €20,000, who the Government has hit repeatedly”.He told Limerick Post: “If you take a young person aged 25 or 26, before the payments were cut their total income was about €9,500 a year, now, depending on their age category it’s gone underneath that.“Let’s face it, everything is relative, but people on over €100,000 have suffered a lot less under this Government than people earning a lot less. All independent commentators have said that our budgets are regressive and that they are taking more from the poor than from the wealthy.” Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleWriters on the lookout for Limerick’s oldest ladyNext articleUL working to develop safer structures John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Email NewsFamilies on €100 000 are “struggling”By John Keogh – July 11, 2014 836 Jenny Blake | #WeAreLimerick episode 46 Restart Grant Plus will help more Limerick businesses to reopen Rape Crisis welcomes publication of O’Malley report
News UpdatesPlea Moved in Delhi HC Seeking Registration and Access to Social Welfare Schemes For Construction Workers [Read Petition] Karan Tripathi23 April 2020 5:26 AMShare This – xA plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court claiming that the rights of the construction workers are getting violated due to their non-registration and lack of access to social welfare schemes. Filed by social activist Sunil through Advocate Shiven Varma, the petition highlights that the construction workers are denied their right to social welfare schemes due…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court claiming that the rights of the construction workers are getting violated due to their non-registration and lack of access to social welfare schemes. Filed by social activist Sunil through Advocate Shiven Varma, the petition highlights that the construction workers are denied their right to social welfare schemes due to non-implementation of the provisions of the Building and Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, and the Building and Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act. It is submitted by the Petitioner that most of the construction workers in Delhi are not registered as construction workers, thus they are deprived of not only monitoring of whether wages are being paid to them as per the guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, by their principal employers, but also all benefits of the welfare schemes under the BOCW Act including the direct bank transfer relief provided by the government for construction workers. This issue, as per the Petitioner, has become even more aggravated and urgent due to the joblessness caused by the nationwide lockdown imposed as a precautionary measure against COVID19. The gross under registration of construction workers is highlighted by the figures stated in the petition – out of 10 lakh construction workers, only 37,127 are registered as beneficiaries of the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. ‘The gross under registration of construction workers is evident from the fact that between 2015 – 2020, the number of registered construction workers in Delhi fell from 300,000 (Three lakh) to under 40,000 (forty thousand). It is pertinent that the BOCW Welfare Cess Act, 1996, collects a cess from construction activities specifically for the benefit of all construction workers’, the petition states. The Petitioner has also pointed out that the Supreme Court had directed the State Governments to immediately register the construction workers in the judgment of National Campaign Committee for Central Legislation on Construction Labour (NCC-CL) v. Union of India In that judgment, the apex court had made the Member-Secretary of the Welfare Boards and the Labour Secretary responsible for the proper implementation of the Act and the registration of workers. Moreover, the court had ordered that all construction workers should be given identity cards and should be registered in terms of Section 12 of the BOCW Act. The Petitioner also argues that due to non registration of workers by the Welfare Boards, many construction workers are currently residing in various labour camps, construction sites, homeless shelter homes, emergency shelter homes and on streets across Delhi. To address these challenges, the Petitioner has also suggested the following recommendations: Make immediate provisions to ensure that all eligible workers are immediately registered as beneficiaries under the Act(s). In this, help can and should be taken from DUSIB, DSLSA, Labour Dept., NGOs, and Shelter Management Agencies. Further,ensure that all other and/or related benefits, entitlements and allowances announced by the Delhi Government are provided to them, whether through Direct Benefit Transfer or any other scheme Devise immediately a comprehensive plan of action to ensure enough programs and/or camps are set up by the concerned authorities to educate on and facilitate the registration of eligible workers over a prolonged period. Further direct the Department of Labour & Employment (Delhi) to devise much-needed changes in the registration process with a view to make it – in the long term and in a lasting way – easier, friendlier and more accessible for the worker. Ensure that the employers, companies, organisations and/or govt. bodies (responsible under the Acts for the welfare of such labour and workers) initiate, facilitate and finish the registration of all eligible workers under the Act(s) so that the mandated benefits can be provided to them.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Story
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