The German law on equal pay for men and women has hardly been used two years after its introduction.
Few workers have taken the chance to compare their pay with that of their peers as permitted under the law, according to an evaluation by the Berlin Government due to be discussed on Wednesday by the cabinet.
According to the report, only four per cent of employees in larger companies has requested such a wage comparison.
At the same time, 45 per cent of the companies with more than 200 employees surveyed voluntarily reviewed their structures.
The remuneration transparency act was intended to help to close the wage gap between men and women.
Employers must explain on request under what criteria and how much they pay to employees doing a similar job.
However, the law only applies to companies with at least 200 employees and if at least six colleagues of the opposite sex perform similar tasks as the applicant.
The law and its possibilities are not yet well-known, the Ministry of Family Affairs wrote in its report.
This should be changed by targeted information, the ministry said. (dpa/NAN)
Sri Lanka withdraws emergency law imposed after Easter attacks
Colombo, Aug. 23, 2019 Sri Lanka on Friday withdrew an emergency law imposed after Easter Sunday attacks, a military spokesman said, signifying the return of calm to the island nation, which is set to vote in a new head of state later this year.
President Maithripala Sirisena imposed emergency law in April after more than 250 people were killed and 500 wounded in militant bombings across churches and luxury hotels on Easter day.
“The army will continue to assist police for internal security,’’ Military Spokesman, Sumith Atapattu, told Reuters.
The emergency gave police and military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders.
Almost all militants, suspected to have links with the attackers, have either been arrested or killed, Sirisena previously said.
Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde
China imposes extra 10%, 5% tariffs on $75bn worth of U.S. imports
The State Council Tariff Committee said this in a statement on Friday.
The U.S. will impose additional 10 per cent tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports starting Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.
“The Tariff Committee of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China has decided to introduce additional 10 per cent and 5 per cent tariffs on $75 billion worth of imported U.S. goods,” the committee said.
(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)
Israeli teen killed by explosive device attack in West Bank
Her 46-year-old father and 19-year-old brother were seriously injured in the attack, the army and the responsible hospital in Jerusalem said on Friday.
The attack took place near the settlement of Dolev, north-west of Ramallah.
Soldiers were searching the area and street blockades had been set up, according to a statement.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke in a statement of a “terrible terrorist attack this morning.”
“My heart and prayers are with the family at this difficult time, and for the recovery of those injured.
“We will continue to strengthen settlement. We will deepen our roots and strike at our enemies.
“The security arms are in pursuit after the abhorrent terrorists. We will apprehend them,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza Strip, part of the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War.
More than 600,000 Israeli settlers now live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)
Heat, drought in Germany lead to below-average harvests
Heat, drought in Germany lead to sub-par harvests
Omitting data from 2018 – a drought year – the harvest was about six per cent lower than the average of the crops from 2013 to 2017, the German Farmers’ Association said on Friday on Facebook.
“Overall, we see that the weather extremes are increasing,” Association President, Joachim Rukwied, said, noting that some regions had sufficient rainfall, while others recorded temperatures as high as 40 degrees in June and July.
“This,of course, puts pressure on yields,’’ he added.
Low rainfall and high temperatures in 2018 led many German farmers to record their worst harvest, with Agriculture Minister, Julia Kloeckner, saying the “national scale” of the drought inflicted damage that required federal assistance.
Farmers with financial problems have so far received around 228 million euros (252 million dollars) in state aid.
Payouts are possible until Aug. 31 of this year.
Germany’s federal and state governments had promised aid of up to 170 million euros each.
Germany’s Agriculture Ministry will present its harvest report on Aug. 29. (dpa/NAN)
5 killed in stampede at concert in Algeria
The crash took place in a Stadium at the central Algiers before a concert by Algerian rapper, Abderraouf Derradji, also known as Soolking late Thursday.
The dead were two girls, two boys and a 21-year-old man, the civil defence added in a statement.
The concert went on as scheduled and was shown live on state Algerian television.
Around 45,000 fans, mostly teenagers, attended the concert, according to an Algerian news portal, Echorouk online.
Eyewitnesses said the scramble occurred when guards failed to direct people to entrances in an orderly manner. (dpa/NAN)