July 6, 2012
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Adrian Gibson continues his analysis of the performance of members of the Cabinet - complete with their grades - below and on the following two pages.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday the government is looking at how it can legally recover over $1m from the Bahamasair pilots who participated in an “illegal sick out” last month.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday challenged the members of the Trade Union of Congress to meet with him at his office at 9am today “to resolve all their issues once and for all.”
THE National Insurance Board has invested an estimated $400,000 into a new “smart card” registration system, with officials awaiting Cabinet’s approval for it to possibly be used as a national identification card that will hold sensitive information.
FREEPORT – Minister of Labour Shane Gibson is advising those redundant employees of the Grand Lucayan Resort to immediately file a trade dispute with the labour department if they are not being paid in accordance with the industrial agreement.
UNILATERAL changes to policy regarding sick leave benefits at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation will be in breach of labour laws, according to Minister of Labour Shane Gibson.
LEGISLATION allowing for a council that would create a more harmonious relationship among labour unions, employers and the government will be passed “in short order,” Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said the government will not sit idly by and allow itself to be threatened by the President of the Customs Union.
MINISTER of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson opened the Public Service Week Exhibition by hailing the efforts and achievements of former ministers, chairmen, permanent secretaries and senior government officials.
MINISTER of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson said the Attorney General’s Office should be in its new JFK Drive home by the end of the year, and as possibly as soon as next month.
A LACK of “specific written policy guidelines” at the National Insurance Board is one of the biggest problems that NIB faces, National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.
ANY plans by The Bahamas Telecommunication Corporation (BTC) to downsize staff would not be supported by Labour Minister Shane Gibson.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson has denied that gambling for money takes place at Nygard Cay.
HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendal Major tried to stop one of his party colleagues from discussing the incident in which FNM deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner slapped Fort Charlotte MP Andre Rollins.
The new NIB director could fill the post as early as next week as the government moves to negotiate a contract of employment with the frontrunner, according to Labour Minister Shane Gibson.
BUILDING core competencies in career public servants is the best way of reinforcing employment equity in the sector, Minister of Labour Shane Gibson said.
THE Police Staff Association has demanded an apology from Labour Minister Shane Gibson, who they claim implied the force is “politically biased” during his speech in the House of Assembly on Tuesday.
IF union leaders want BTC re-Bahamianised they will have to fight for it themselves, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson wants executive salaries and compensation packages at all government-operated facilities to have Cabinet or Ministerial approval.
THE Board at National Insurance have taken the first steps in identifying possible replacements for former Director Algernon Cargill, NIB Minister Shane Gibson confirmed yesterday.
Employers and trade unions yesterday both gave their backing to the Government’s plans to finally implement the Health and Safety at Work Act, although companies will have to make “further capital investments” to comply.
A RESOLUTION tabled in the House of Assembly by National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson which would empower a $5 million purchase of residences formerly used to house officials of the court sparked a renewed call for an official residence for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas.
MINISTER of Labour Shane Gibson yesterday sympathised with terminated Riu Palace workers as reconciliation meetings with the resort resume today.
RIU Palace workers have filed a trade dispute after the 30 demonstrators who protested working conditions were fired by the Paradise Island resort.
A NATIONAL Insurance Board meeting scheduled for yesterday afternoon could aid in bringing closure to the uncertain status of suspended NIB director Algernon Cargill, National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson indicated yesterday.
THE government will do all it can to pursue money paid out in National Insurance bonuses if it is found that they were obtained without proper authorisation, according to Labour Minister Shane Gibson.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson says executives of BahaMar are “playing hardball” regarding 140 workers who were sacked from the Wyndham Nassau Resort months ago.
THE National Insurance Board will foot all of the costs associated with the Grant Thornton Forensic Investigation audit into its operations.
THE release of the audit reports into the operations at NIB are now solely hinged upon the substantiation of certain “adverse findings” by suspended NIB director Algernon Cargill.
ALTHOUGH the government is on its way to creating jobs, “it can’t be too soon” because of the number of Bahamians who are struggling to make ends meet, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said.
NATIONAL Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said he is already satisfied in his mind “what course of action we should take” based on the findings of the audit into the National Insurance Board.
THE “shocking” audit into the National Insurance Board’s operations has still not been released to the public and there have been no official indications of when it will be.
WHILE the BEC union has taken on an apologetic tone over recent industrial action, Labour Minister Shane Gibson has made it clear that the workers will face repercussions for their standoff with officials.
UNION chiefs at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation could face fines of up to $10,000 or be jailed for two years if they breach labour rules on industrial action, the Government threatened last night.
NATIONAL Insurance Board Minister Shane Gibson yesterday said there was still no clear-cut indication of when audit reports into the board’s operations will be released to the public or their cost to taxpayers.
NIB Minister Shane Gibson yesterday denied widespread reports that the recently handed over audit results into the Board’s operations have been leaked
THE much anticipated forensic audit report that examined the National Insurance Board’s operations dating back to 2003 contains shocking revelations, claimed NIB Minister Shane Gibson yesterday.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday that the findings of the National Insurance Board’s (NIB) forensic audit were “worse than I thought they would be”, adding that based on what he had seen thus far amendments to operational policies and procedures were necessary.
AUDITORS contracted by the government to examine NIB’s books recommended last evening that law makers amend the board’s regulations to bring them in line with modern times.
REGULATIONS governing health and safety in the Bahamian workplace are being finalised and could be presented to Parliament soon, Labour Minister Shane Gibson has said.
OFFICIALS have still not received the highly anticipated report that is expected to reveal the inner-workings of the National Insurance Board in the lead up to several damaging allegations that were leaked months ago, Minister Shane Gibson confirmed yesterday.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday the government will only be issuing labour certificates in the “extreme” of circumstances to foreign workers.
THE government will have to spend upwards of half a million dollars to complete and “correct” renovations on a government building off John F Kennedy Drive that is planned to become the future home of the Attorney General’s Office.
NATIONAL Insurance Minister Shane Gibson allegedly attempted to “cover up” a reported NIB policy violation of a $15,000 guarantee issued to Doctors Hospital by providing the payment, a source claims.
MINISTER of Labour Shane Gibson said yesterday the government will soon bring legislation to Parliament to stop employers making workers redundant without proper notification.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson hit out at the FNM for criticising the recent unemployment figures, explaining nothing the government does is good enough for the Opposition.
The Government pushed the National Insurance Board (NIB) to examine acquiring the former City Markets head office on the East-West Highway, it was revealed yesterday, with appraisal values for the property gyrating between $7.2 million and $9.9 million.
NIB MINISTER Shane Gibson yesterday insisted that the board of the nation’s social security net will carry on with its duties in the absence of a chairman.
THE government is working to see how it can quickly resolve ongoing negotiations surrounding Elizabeth Thompson’s reinstatement at BTC, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.
KENUTH Knowles, owner of Kenuth’s Electric, said he is filing legal action against Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson in connection with statements broadcast on national television last week.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday denied any involvement in the release of confidential National Insurance Board documents that disclosed the salaries and bonuses awarded to executives.
Fears were yesterday raised that the National Insurance Board (NIB) could massively overpay for the former City Markets head office and warehouse facility, with Tribune Business told it was looking at a $9 million deal - double what a previous bidder had offered.
PLANS to purchase the former City Markets office on East-West Highway have stalled pending further assessment, according to Labour Minister Shane Gibson yesterday.
MEMBERS of the former FNM government should feel “ashamed” to comment on the performance of the PLP considering the way they left the economy, Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.
LABOUR and National Insurance Minister, Shane Gibson, yesterday said any decision on the fate of National Insurance Board (NIB) director Algernon Cargill was “not a Cabinet issue at this time”, adding that he wss considering whether an independent auditor be brought in to investigate the allegations against him.
SHANE GIBSON, Minister of Labour and National Insurance, has refuted claims that he was “broke” before his election to the House of Assembly.
SHANE Gibson, Labour and National Insurance Minister yesterday denied claims made by the opposition that plans for a multi million dollar clinic in Eleuthera was birthed by the former FNM administration.
THE Grand Bahama Emergency Medical Service personnel who staged a sick-out last Friday will be immediately suspended, subject to a pay-cut and could face subsequent termination, according to Labour Minister Shane Gibson.
RESPONDING to reports the Paradise Island Harbour Resort could be facing closure, Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said his ministry has not received any reports on the matter – but if true, it would be “sad” given the state of the economy.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said ongoing negotiations concerning City Market, Customs and Immigration are all going well.
MINISTER of Labour Shane Gibson responded to questions in the House of Assembly yesterday concerning the JL Centre on Blake Road.
LABOUR and National Insurance Minister, Shane Gibson, said yesterday that he plans to sit down with employer and trade union representatives to “hammer out” the proposed reforms to the country’s Employment Act, once he receives detailed feedback from the employers.
CITY Markets may not be able to compensate former employees for their pension plans, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.