February 26, 2014
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LABOUR and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson yesterday said he is “disappointed” in the “pace” at which the government is providing assistance to persons negatively affected by Hurricane Matthew.
WITH repair efforts related to Hurricane Matthew expected to extend into 2017, government officials are still unable to give an official price tag for the efforts, despite “hundreds” of contracts about to be signed and a large number nearing completion.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson is raising the alarm about a Facebook scam that is conning Bahamians out of money while using his identity.
NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage said despite comments made by National Insurance and Labour Minister Shane Gibson last week, the government does not feel that “doctors are greedy”.
NATIONAL Insurance and Labour Minister Shane Gibson yesterday criticised the Consultant Physician Staff Association for not supporting National Health Insurance, suggesting that the senior doctors are more interested in “making the mighty dollar” than saving lives.
A DAY after the latest results of the Department of Statistics' labour survey revealed that the unemployment rate has risen to 14.8 per cent, with more than one in seven Bahamians now out of a job, Labour Minister Shane Gibson claimed the Bahamas has made "tremendous strides since the global recession".
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson acknowledged “concerns” about how government will fund the first phase of its National Health Insurance scheme, which is expected to be rolled out next January, in view of recovery efforts for Hurricane Joaquin.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson had “no issue” with recent calls by Public Services Union President John Pinder for National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas’ members to form a voting block ahead of the 2017 general election, with an aim to oust the PLP.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said the government’s new $20m employment plan will help identify and train thousands of young people for the job market.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson and BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller could not say yesterday whether layoffs are looming at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation after the government announced the selection of an American company to manage the corporation.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday said the impending lay-off of employees at Scotiabank (Bahamas) was “disappointing” and castigated the Canadian bank for only focusing on financial gain rather than how the lives of Bahamians will be affected.
THE government intervened when the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) wanted to cut staff by 200 people last year, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday, adding that there is nothing the Christie administration can do now to prevent the impending loss of at least 150 workers from the company in March.
LABOUR and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said he is not surprised by the rise in unemployment figures but expressed hope that a number of tourism related projects slated to emerge this year will spur employment growth.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday said he was not worried about the latest threat from Bahamas Airline Pilots Association President Joseph Moxey who said Bahamasair pilots were prepared to “take things to the next level” if their salaries were cut for calling in “sick” last month.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday that the government has come to “an agreement on several issues” with the Trade Union Congress after days of negotiations following strike action by the union. However, the minister would not say what these agreements were.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday dismissed concerns by the security forces that they were “excluded” from the latest industrial agreement between the government and the Bahamas Public Service Union.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday said he was prepared to take the necessary steps to prevent an illegal mass strike.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday clarified job figures he announced in the House of Assembly on Monday, telling The Tribune that the 30,000 jobs he said were created from May 7, 2012, to May, 2014 are a “mixture” of previously unemployed people and those who were employed, but had transferred to new companies from their current jobs.
THIRTY thousand people who were unemployed before May 2012 are now employed, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said in Parliament yesterday.
SALARY increases for the public service are not likely in the new fiscal year, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.
IN THE lead-up to the 2012 general election, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said the Progressive Liberal Party did a good job of causing public service workers to believe their industrial matters would be settled.
LABOUR and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday that he will divulge details about National Health Insurance “when all information is available” and that he won’t give “bits and pieces” of information when asked.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday warned FNM members to exercise caution when they criticise the PLP government because he knows “where all their bodies are buried”.
LABOUR and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson called yesterday for FNM Deputy Chairman Dr Duane Sands to publicly apologise for the “basic, factually incorrect statements” he made about him in a Tribune article last week.
FORMER employees of the Hard Rock Café were yesterday urged to report to the Department of Labour and file any complaints regarding the entitlements that they are due in accordance with the law.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson admitted yesterday that Customs and Immigration officers should receive raises. However, he said the government is not in a financial position to do so at this time.
CUSTOMS and Immigration Officers who do not adhere to the shift system will face pay cuts, Labour Minister Shane Gibson confirmed yesterday.
THE practice of “double dipping” has formally ended for workers in public corporations. For years civil servants had been able to enjoy a regular salary and collect sick benefits at a cost of nearly $10m a year to the public purse.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday threatened to expose current and former opposition members who have been delinquent in real property tax payments.