Grenada opposition leader highlights plight of workers

first_img Share Dr Keith Mitchell.ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenada’s opposition leader, Dr Keith Mitchell, says he is deeply concerned that, in addition to the high rate of unemployment, those who are lucky enough to have full time or part time employment are often forced to work for starvation wages, while a very select few continue to enjoy the fruits of their labour and the fat of the land.Mitchell noted that under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, public workers are now being forced to live on 2006 wages in 2012, while workers in the debushing programme had to suffer the indignity of seeing their daily rates significantly reduced. He said that these actions can only be described as unconscionable at a time when so many people are finding it difficult to make ends meet and are suffering the effects of increasing levels of poverty. Mitchell said that, while all this is happening, the government continues the practice of awarding highly paid contracts to members of a small privileged group, many of whom do not produce in accordance with the level of their salaries and perks.He added that the continuation of this situation would condemn more and more Grenadians to poverty and misery, and therefore called on the government to take note and urgently take measures to prevent an impending social and economic disaster.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Grenada opposition leader highlights plight of workers by: – April 5, 2012 8 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Lewandowski ‘the one that got away’

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce rues the day he was denied the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. Rovers were one of a number of clubs, including Tottenham and West Brom, who were offered Lewandowski by his then parent club Lech Poznan for just three million euros (£2.5m) in 2010. “It’s true,” the West Ham boss said. “He was put forward to sign very strongly by our recruitment staff and unfortunately it was one that got knocked back. “My distant memory isn’t that great but I think (former Rovers chairman) John (Williams) and the board said we are not going to commit that amount of money. “I think they wanted three or four million euros but we were particularly strapped financially at the time at Blackburn. I watched him play. But I didn’t get the chance to meet him.” It goes without saying that if Blackburn did have the man who ran rings around the Real defence in their team, they would not be at the wrong end of the npower Championship now. And for Allardyce, who spent just under three years in charge of Blackburn, knowing that he missed out on coaching the talented 24-year-old is particularly galling. “I think about it every time I see him play.,” the 58-year-old said. “He would have had a period of getting used to the level and the physical presence, but with a talent like that it wouldn’t have been too long before he started to shine and score goals.” Press Associationcenter_img Lewandowski underlined his status as one of the hottest properties in world football on Wednesday night when he scored all four goals in Dortmund’s Champions League semi-final thrashing of Real Madrid. Had it not been for an Icelandic ash cloud, or the financial constraints of the board at Ewood Park – Allardyce cannot remember which – the Pole could have been fighting relegation to League One with Blackburn instead. last_img read more