Poland raises minimum wage



The government of Poland on Tuesday approved a hike in the country’s minimum monthly wage to 2,800 zloty (around 750 dollars) up from the current 2,600.

The hike, which will come into force from 2021, is more modest than the rise governing Law and Justice party promised ahead of the October parliamentary election.

According to the pre-election pledges, Poland’s minimum wage was to rise to 3,000 zloty as from 2021 and 4,000 zloty from 2023.

However doubts raised by experts over the feasibility of these promises only intensified in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown.

The increase means that the minimum wage will by 2021 constitute more than half of the forecast average wage in the country.

Some 1.7 million Poles currently earn the minimum wage, the government said in a statement.

Increased social spending was a key factor in Law and Justice’s initial rise to power in 2015.

Since then, minimum wage in Poland had increased by 1,050 zloty, the statement added.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Peter Dada
Source: NAN


Sweden friendly moved to Russia over virus entry restrictions




Stockholm, Sept. 23, 2020  An upcoming friendly between Sweden and Russia has been moved to Moscow due to Swedish coronavirus pandemic rules, the Swedish Football Association said on Wednesday.

Sweden is not able to host the Oct. 8 match under restrictions limiting unnecessary travel to the Scandinavian country.

It will not allow travel from anywhere other than from other European Union (EU) countries, as well as Britain, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

“Unfortunately, we are forced to move the match against Russia since we still have not received any word from the government —- in spite of the fact that we sent a letter already since Aug. 27,” said Hakan Sjostrand, secretary general of the Swedish Football Association.

He added that the strict rules applied in international football would have entailed “a significantly lower risk of the spread of infection compared with other permitted occupational categories.”

The Russia friendly is part of Sweden’s preparations for 2020/2021 UEFA Nations League matches away to Croatia on October 11, and Portugal three days later.

Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
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Bayern Munich, Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt warned for coronavirus concept breaches



Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 have been warned by the German Football Federation (DFB) for breaking coronavirus concept guidelines during the opening game of the Bundesliga season.

The DFB said on Wednesday that a repeat would see “the start of an investigation’’ and possible charges at the organisation’s sports court.

Both clubs’ leadership were pictured in the Allianz Arena stand, in separate delegations, sitting together without social distancing or masks.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said there had been a misunderstanding between local Bavarian rules and guidelines laid down by the German league (DFL).

Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, were warned for two of their players bringing their children into the inner part of the arena.

The DFB said this was in spite of the fact that currently relatives are not allowed into the “this especially protected zone’’.

Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
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World’s workers lost tenth of their income during pandemic – UN



International Labour Organisation (ILO) said on Wednesday that global labour income dropped by 10.7 per cent in the first three quarters compared to the same period in 2019.

It said in Geneva that the drop was because of the coronavirus pandemic, which had led to a sharp reduction in working hours.

The wage loss, which does not factor in income support by governments, amounts to 3.5 trillion dollars, the UN agency reported.

The ILO added that the loss in global working hours in the second quarter was bigger than expected, compared to pre-crisis levels in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The drop was 17.3 per cent, equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs.

The ILO had previously estimated a loss of 14 per cent, or 400 million jobs.

The UN body also issued a significantly gloomier outlook for the final three months of this year.

The global working hour loss in the fourth quarter is now expected to amount to 8.6 per cent, up from the previous forecast of 4.9 per cent.

The numbers were revised because it has become clear that “workers in developing and emerging economies, especially those in informal employment, have been affected to a much greater extent than in past crises,” the ILO said in a report.

Workers in those countries are more affected by the pandemic than richer countries because they have fewer opportunities to work online from home and because the informal labour sector has taken a hard hit, the ILO said.

In addition, governments in poorer countries have less money to counter the COVID-19 crisis.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
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New legal year: Lawyers task judiciary on speedy justice delivery



Some Lagos-based lawyers on Wednesday urged judicial authorities to improve the speed of justice delivery in the 2020/2021 legal year.

The lawyers made the appeal in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Lagos State Judiciary began a new legal year on Sept. 21.

Mr Yemi Omodele, Principal Partner in Yemi Omodele Chambers, Ikeja, urged judicial authorities to put  stronger

mechanisms in place to improve the speed of justice delivery.

He said that the speed of justice delivery in the last legal year was  low.

He also urged the authorities to put more measures in place to improve virtual court proceedings.

“We heard of virtual court hearings  but in reality the percentage of judges working is quite low compared to the pre-COVID-19 era.

“Measures should be put in place to ensure that justice is delivered fast to litigants, lawyers and the society at large,” Omodele advised.

He added that the rate at which cases were being adjourned should be addressed, adding that incessant power outage  in courts should be tackled

to avoid disruption of proceedings.

He advised that renovation of courts should be done during vacations.

Omodele said: “When you renovate courts during sittings, it is a way of frustrating litigants and lawyers.

“These issues prolong number of years a case takes before being concluded.

“I subscribe to the idea of litigants knowing their fate within a reasonable time, after approaching the court for redress, than a case taking six to eight years before it is concluded.

“I expect this new legal year to be more fruitful, more strategic; expectations of litigants should be met,” Omodele said.

Mr Chris Ayiyi, owner of Edeokpa Chambers, Apapa, urged the judiciary to put measures in place in the new legal year to address delays experienced by lawyers while filing cases.

“We expect no more queues during filing.

“Probate department should be accessible more than before,” Ayiyi urged.

He advised that pending criminal cases should be attended to quickly since most of such cases were not attended to due to  lockdown

caused  by novel coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Adebayo Akinlade, a former Chairman of the Ikorodu Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association,

called on  the executive arm of government to give full financial autonomy to the judiciary.

“This new legal year, I expect the executive arm of government to give the judicial arm full financial autonomy.

“Judiciary should be allowed to run its own affairs,” Akinlade urged.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Ijeoma Popoola
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