Friday 15 December 2017

20pc pay cut call for builders

THE Construction Industry Federation and trade unions have met at the Labour Relations Commission -- amid reportedly "robust exchanges".

The CIF wants a 20pc cut in the rates of pay for workers in the construction industry, and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is set to resist this.

After the meeting, ICTU said it would now begin a national consultation period with workers.

The CIF and ICTU both said the industry had been let down by the Government who were not doing enough to protect jobs.

IBRC defeated

in shops case

THE former Anglo Irish Bank, IBRC, has lost a case in Ukraine which could jeopardise its ability to seize a multi-million euro shopping centre in Kiev which was part of the Quinn Group.

A company called Lyndhurst, registered in the British Virgin Islands, has had its claim of being owed $45m by the shopping centre company upheld in the courts in Ukraine. This means Lyndhurst could make the centre bankrupt, force a sale of the property and recoup the proceeds.

Axed man set himself alight

A Spanish man has died after setting himself on fire in his garage after reportedly losing his job.

When ambulances, police and firefighters arrived n the southeastern town of Ribarroja del Turia they found the man ablaze inside the garage and could do nothing to save him.

He was later identified as a 59-year-old farm worker who was sacked on Thursday.

Terror wife in

prison appeal

Lawyers for a Pakistani scientist serving an 86-year sentence for shooting at US soldiers in Afghanistan told an appeals court in New York that she was so mentally ill, she should have been barred from testifying at her own trial.

Aafia Siddiqui left the US in 2003 and married a nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the master planner behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The shooting happened in 2008.

The judges didn't indicate when they would rule on the appeal.

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