Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen urged New Zealand to be strong in their negotiations with Australia about the future of Super Rugby.
Super Rugby was stopped in March because the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of the southern hemisphere competition are being discussed.
Earlier this week, Australian Rugby (RA) chairman Hamish McLennan said their counterparts in New Zealand were trying to dictate possible trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition requirements, amid reports the NZR was trying to limit the number of Australian teams involved.
Hansen said he felt that New Zealand Rugby must do the best for their rugby players and insisted that they were indebted to Australia.
“Without controversy, we have been guarding Aussies for years,” Hansen told Stuff Media on Sunday.
“And every time we need something from them, especially at a high level, sometimes they disappear.
“Do we owe them something? No. But because we are our nation, and we care more about the game than ourselves, we bend and bend a little.
“I think NZ Rugby is in the mood to have a strong discussion because they only get one chance for that.”
Much of its impact centered on the composition of the Super Rugby of 2021, with both countries reportedly interested in exploring the trans-Tasman competition rather than returning to tournaments involving teams from South Africa and Argentina.
McLennan told Australian media this week that a leaked report stated that the preferred option by NZR was to have only two or three Australian parties in the trans-Tasman competition.
Hansen said what was most important was not to dilute the New Zealand team with more than five teams and to minimize travel for the welfare of the players.
“You have to start with what you want from him? Instead of, ‘OK, we will hold this competition,'” Hansen said.
“It must be truly competitive and produce world-class players. If you let it be facilitated, there is too big a gap between Super Rugby and the rugby test.”
India: Airport workers in Kerala oppose dismissal; Telangana private school teachers hold demonstrations throughout the state
Worker Struggle: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
July 11, 2020
India: Airport workers in Kerala oppose dismissal
Hundreds of workers employed as freelance workers by SATS Air India (AISATS) at Trivandrum airport in the state of Kerala held a two-day strike on July 3 and demonstrated at the facility to oppose the dismissal of 100 land crews.
The company has more than 900 employees at the airport, which includes 200 managerial staff. Other workers have also been dismissed.
The strike was called by the Trivandrum Casual Workers Confederation and was joined by workers from the Trivandrum Airport Contract Workers Union and other unions affiliated with the Indian Trade Union Center and the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC). The union has asked the management of AISATS to reduce wages during coronavirus locking rather than impose layoffs.
Telangana private school teachers hold demonstrations throughout the state
The Telangana Private Teachers Association (TPTF) held a statewide protest in Telangana on July 5 to demand salary assistance from the government during the locking of the coronavirus. They urged the state government to provide 15,000 rupees (US $ 200) to each private school teacher and to reopen the schools.
A TPTF spokesperson alleged that private schools did not follow government orders to pay salaries as long as COVID-19 was locked up. He claims that around 300,000 private school teachers and their families face difficulties. A memorandum with their demands was submitted to the government.
Newly recruited nurses at Ghandi Hospital in Hyderabad protested
Nurses protested the lack of clarity about their work at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. The recruits said they were confused about the uncertainty about their placement.
The nurses initially applied for jobs at TIMS Hospital but were told that vacancies were filled and that they had to report for assignments at Gandhi Hospital. However, when they report, they are not given a certificate of employment, joining a letter or accommodation.
They also claim that the terms of their employment contracts have changed. They were initially told that their work would be contractual but, at Gandhi Hospital, nurses were told that they would be outsourced.
Nurses and other workers at the North New Delhi hospital are demanding wages
Nurses and non-medical staff at the government-run Kasturba Hospital, which has 600 beds in New Delhi, held a two-hour demonstration on Monday for the payment of unpaid salaries. The hospital is managed by the City of North Delhi Corporation and is the largest maternity hospital in the city that employs 140 doctors, 140 nurses, and nearly 40 paramedics. They haven’t been paid for three months while local doctors haven’t been paid since April. The protest was temporarily suspended after the authorities committed to paying salaries within a few days.
Earlier, paramedical staff and doctors at Hindu Rao Hospital, another North Delhi Company medical facility (MCD), dropped out due to late salary payments. Several other North Delhi MCD employees, including teachers, contractors and retirees, have not been paid for several months.
Bangladesh medical lab technologists demand jobs and salary increases
Hundreds of medical technology from government laboratories held a two-hour sit-out protest outside Sasthwa Bhadan in Mohakhali in Dhaka on Sunday demanding that entry-level salaries be raised to level 10 on the national salary scale and the elimination of non-compliance prevents permanent employment. They joined the unemployed technology that demanded recruitment for 20,000 technologies.
The Bangladesh Medical Technology Association also called for government work for young people who have passed the age limit for recruitment, a separate council for technology education and a temporary end to the appointment of medical technology.
The association said the group of government health professionals was very short of medical technology. While the World Health Organization says there must be five medical technologies for one doctor, there are only 5,000 medical technologies in Bangladesh per 30,000 doctors at the government level.
Bangladesh gas field workers strike for festival bonuses
About 50 workers from the government-owned Bangladesh Gas Field Company (BGFC) demonstrated outside the company’s headquarters in Birasar in Brahmanbaria on July 2 to ask management to reverse its decision to cancel the Eid al-Adha bonus and annual salary increase. The Bangladesh Gas Field Workers’ Union said that if management reversed its decision within four days, he would call for strikes on seven BGFC gas fields.
Cambodian garment workers protest in Phnom Penh
About 50 garment workers from the Hana (Cambodia) 1 factory in the Por Senchey district demonstrated outside the prime minister’s residence in Phnom Penh on Wednesday demanding help to obtain extraordinary compensation and damage payments. Their factory closed on June 23 without paying legal rights to workers. Workers said previous talks with government officials and management failed to resolve this issue.
Since the coronavirus pandemic has hit Cambodia, 400 garment factories, footwear and travel goods have been closed, leaving 150,000 unemployed.
Australia and New Zealand
Offshore oil and gas unions apply for strike votes
The Australian Workers Union (AWU), which includes 60 caterers, cleaners and cooks working in five offshore Shell liquefied natural gas (LNG) platforms in Western Australia, has submitted an application to the Fair Work Commission for permission to strike on strike in their longstanding dispute. for a new company agreement (EA). The workers are employed by Sodexo, a food service and facility management company headquartered in Paris.
This dispute centers on the large Prelude floating platform, which is owned by Royal Dutch Shell, KOGAS and Inpex, and managed by Shell. The Offshore Alliance (coalition between AWU and the Australian Maritime Union) accused Shell of using a stand-over tactic on workers and Sodexo after an agreement in principle was reached but then collapsed. The union accused Shell of illegally intervening in the negotiations. The strike by Sodexo workers will affect production on all Shell offshore platforms.
Jetstar workers at Newcastle Airport oppose terminal closure
Jetstar airport workers protested at a media conference in Newcastle on Wednesday which called on airlines and their parent company Qantas to reverse their decision to reduce jobs and workplaces at Newcastle Airport, north of Sydney. Jetstar plans to close its Newcastle Cabin Crew base and Maintenance Base at Newcastle Airport, as part of the massive layoffs announced by their parent company Qantas. The Transportation Workers Union (TWU) claims that more than 200 jobs will be lost.
Jetstar has been operating at Newcastle airport for 16 years. A TWU spokesman said workers were given two weeks’ notice but there had been no other support from the company since then. TWU has not organized a mass campaign to save jobs and instead called on the federal government to provide special ‘flight guard’ benefits for aviation workers.
Public transport workers in Melbourne ask for masks for passengers
Transport workers who operate Melbourne trams and buses have asked their union, Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU), to pressure the state government to ask for a face mask to be provided for all passengers.
While RTBU claims on its Facebook site that it “has been advocating masks from day one,” and “encouraging anything that will make members safer, and reducing risks to the traveling public,” he has not called for action on workers. Request.
The claim is a matter of Health and Safety that is clear and allows workers to “legally” strike and take other actions under Australia’s repressive industrial relations laws.
New Zealand general practice nurses stop working
About 3,400 nurses, administrators and receptionists in general practice throughout New Zealand will stop working for two hours on July 23. Nurses, members of the New Zealand Nurses Organization (NZNO), protested in the wage gap between themselves and their colleagues in public. hospital.
Some nurses employed by the District Health Council (DHB), which manages hospitals in the country, can earn as much as $ 7,500 more a year than those who work in medical centers, while possessing the same skills and level of experience.
The NZNO negotiations for a Multi-Employment Cooperation Agreement (MECA) with the NZ Medical Association and Green Cross Health, which represents employers, have reached a deadlock. Employers claim they want to fulfill the demand for payment of parity, but the Labor-led government has not provided sufficient funds. The main concern for doctors is the shortage of nursing staff, partly due to low wages.
Nurse practice disputes have followed a series of strikes over the past two years by hospital workers, nurses, doctors, midwives and specialists, against low salaries and inadequate staff. The national general hospital nurses’ strike in 2018 was sold out by NZNO, which reached an agreement for a meager 3 percent salary increase and negligible increase in hospital staff.
Former All Blacks captain Kieran Read supports the call for an integrated international rugby season but fears money “coming out of the north” might thwart efforts to create a global calendar.
Read believes international rugby needs to move away from the current schedule which often forces players from both sides to play Test matches out of season, but fears of a richer northern hemisphere may continue to influence how the global calendar is organized.
At present, the Northern Hemisphere team is conducting tests in the Southern Hemisphere in June or July – at the end of their season – and the Southern Hemisphere toured in the North in November and December. The international windows, which fall in the middle of the Super Rugby season or European club season, substantially extend the season for top players.
Beaumont is a strong supporter of the world Test championship, although his efforts to build one year ago were stalled by a standoff over promotion-relegation.
Southern hemisphere countries oppose Beaumont’s re-election, supporting the nomination of Argentine Agustin Pichot’s reforms. In part, Beaumont is considered to represent the status quo and is too protective of the Six Nations tournament and the English and French club tournaments. He has made it clear that he will oppose any steps to reschedule the Six Nations, which feature Ireland, France, Italy, Wales, Scotland and England.
Read, who retired from the Rugby Test after last year’s World Cup in Japan and after leading the All Blacks in 52 of 127 tests, hopes an agreement can be reached that will better integrate the global season and give fans more interest.
“I want to see some sort of consistency around the season,” he told the Stuff news website on Tuesday.
“That would be better for everyone involved and especially for the players. So you don’t play outside the season, which shortens your season [and] which means you will not recover well and be ready for next year. “
Read also join many fans in the call for further tours by countries that are playing the test, a step away from the existing competition.
“I think the tour is important for international games,” he said. “The way I see it and the way the game makes money will determine and the money may come out of the north.
“The tour for me is more on the end of the year tour that we have to experience a little. It was the best time for a player and I think the fans might be able to feel it too. When you get a competitive series it certainly makes a pretty good display.”
Oversight and criticism is not new for Newcastle United; some will say they are actively trying to provoke through decisions they have made in the past. But the coronavirus pandemic has placed them on its hind legs like never before; while failing to sign a player, holding on to a manager or showing the level of ambition that is regularly demanded by passionate fans on Tyneside can be seen as acts of feeling, they cannot possibly have a direct impact on the lives of ordinary people. Utilizing the UK government’s ‘leave’ job retention scheme, which pays 80% of employee wages, bringing a clinical and cold approach is often a sharper focus.
This scheme was announced by Chancellor of the Ministry of Finance Rishi Sunak last month and is designed to help small businesses survive during the economic problems caused by viruses. Understandably, the fact that the list of Premier League football clubs, which began with Newcastle but has included Bournemouth, Norwich City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, has chosen to place staff who do not play leave has been welcomed with a counterattack of moral questions. As a result, the latter couple has decided to make a U-turn and will continue to pay everyone in full. While praise for this action may be excessive, given that it shows those who made the decision to do so out of opportunism rather than necessity, they at least understand the situation and react. Naturally, the pressure on others to follow will increase.
Liverpoollah, who bore the toughest response to their announcement, may be due to the perceptions about themselves that they have been trying to convey for a long time. The community spirit represented in their famous song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” has begun to lose its true meaning to some people, and the damage that can occur cannot be repaired. Instead, Newcastle have escaped the spotlight, frustrating supporters who already believe that their owner, Mike Ashley, can easily rise from the national media.
But Ashley has come under fire for a response to the COVID-19 crisis; the day after the lockdown in the whole of England was announced and all unnecessary businesses were told to close, the Sports Direct retail network tried to run as usual. National outcry and intervention from the authorities stopped them, and Ashley was forced to apologize. Maybe that will be an insight into whether he and Newcastle will be subject to public opinion again, but it is also worth mentioning that they have pushed forward to charge season ticket fees to people, despite the much excitement and calling, including this columnist, do not do it. Ashley has built a business in gambling and taking risks; he is known for counting without emotion, so there won’t be many people who support Newcastle to join Liverpool and Tottenham to return to themselves.
Those affected by the current attitude receive full payment at least until the end of April; the 20% unpaid scheme is borne by the club. Newcastle has very little going on at the moment, although some employees who are deemed very important are reported to be called on 24-hour notice. Among them were Chief Recruitment Steve Nickson; at this time, with even a transfer window under the cloud before summer, transactions are not a priority.
Part of the scrutiny faced by people like Newcastle and others in the last few days and weeks is the question of whether they should be allowed to do business at all, given their recent actions. From a public relations perspective, it looks pretty bad that cooks, janitors, ticket staff and foundation workers are not paid in full by their employers while players and first-team coaches pay, but paying millions of fees and wages for new players from outside behind will further increase the moral faltering ground. they. For context, there has been an agreement by players throughout the league that 30% of wages will be donated to the National Health Service when needed, but the fact that daily staff members are beaten before those with deeper pockets increases the feeling that the response of some clubs is completely deaf.
It is always assumed that the teams in the top division will survive this crisis financially because the biggest hit taken is matchday income. The suggestion a few weeks ago was equivalent to around 14% of the total Premier League club income, and that they had to shoulder some of the burden of the lower league clubs, who were far more dependent on ticket sales. Lee Charnley, Managing Director of Newcastle, said in an email that furloughing helped “safeguard the club’s future”; it’s a pill that is hard to swallow for both those affected and those watching.
Whether Newcastle really changes his mind remains to be seen. It took a lot of strength to make Ashley react before, and that might not be enough here. That certainly doesn’t suit anyone; the current regime has tried their luck several times before, but it has never been like this. Supervision is often encountered with an “uncommented” response; if they proceed the same way here, their position will become increasingly untenable. Their reputation is made desperately for many people, but they must begin to feel now that certain roads have been laid or risk the biggest counterattack yet.