Morrisons planning to ramp up number of bakery staff

first_imgMorrisons is proposing to cull thousands of management roles across its stores and increase the number of staff working on the shop floor.The business has said that, under the proposals, many of the new jobs will be on its Market Street counters serving baked goods, meat and fish, and other fresh food.It is understood that 3,000 managerial roles are to be removed, with 7,000 new staff employed in shop floor roles to boost customer service.Morrisons said its managers will concentrate on helping ‘frontline colleagues to do their job and run their stores’.“This proposal means more frontline colleagues improving product availability and helping customers,” said Morrisons retail director David Lepley.“Whilst there will be a short period of uncertainty for some managers affected by these proposals we will be supporting them through this process and there are jobs available for everybody who wants to continue to work at Morrisons.“There will also be more roles with greater flexibility that are very attractive to colleagues with families.”But the plans were branded as ‘devastating news for managers’ by union Usdaw.“Despite a large number of hourly paid roles being created, they will clearly not be a like-for-like position for the managers impacted,” said Usdaw national officer Joanne McGuinness.The union added it was giving members of Sata the union’s Supervisory, Administrative and Technical Association that represents managers in Morrison’s – support, advice and representation.last_img read more

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I QUIT: Senior Jamaica minister resigns citing several unsubstantiated allegations

first_img Share Tweet Share Share NewsRegional I QUIT: Senior Jamaica minister resigns citing several unsubstantiated allegations by: – May 25, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussions by Kathy BarrettKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Energy and Mining Minister James Robertson Tuesday resigned from the Jamaica government, citing “recent events which include several unsubstantiated allegations (that) have taken a heavy toll on my family and me”.In a brief letter to Prime Minister Bruce Golding, Robertson said he had decided to submit his resignation with ‘immediate effect” after holding discussions with his wife, Catherine and his daughters.While he did not indicate the “unsubstantiated allegations”, Robertson said he was confident “that this matter will be resolved once given the opportunity and due process.“Under the circumstances, I believe my resignation from the Cabinet is the correct course of action at this time,” he told Golding.Late on Monday, Robertson confirmed that the United States had revoked the visa given to him and his wife. He said the visas were cancelled last Friday. “We readily acknowledge that as a sovereign nation it is the prerogative of the US Government to issue and revoke visas,” Robertson said.“However, no details have been provided as to the basis for the cancellations although we are of the view that this could have resulted from the uncorroborated statements forwarded to various departments of the US Government in support of a failed application for political asylum,” he said.Robertson’s reference to a failed application for political asylum stemmed from a case involving Ian Johnson, a former activist with the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).On December 17, 2010, Johnson filed a claim in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, making damning allegations against Robertson. However, in January this year, a Florida court threw out the suit. Robertson said he and his wife have since written to their U.S based attorney in the hope of seeking an audience with the relevant US officials in an effort to ascertain the basis for the cancellations of the visas.He said all appropriate channels will be utilised and expressed confidence that once given the opportunity and due process, the matter will be resolved.The main opposition People’s National Party (PNP), in a statement issued before Roberston announced his resignation, said it was concerned over the decision by Washington to revoke the minister’s visa.“This must obviously be a matter of serious concern. It is very exceptional and unusual for the US government to take this action against a high government official of another country and we will have to assume that it was not done arbitrarily,” said PNP general secretary, Peter Bunting.“Therefore, the question that the Prime Minister must now weigh is can Mr. Robertson continue to function effectively as a minister of government,” Bunting said, adding “it is  going to cast a cloud over him that will affect his ability to perform his function as a minister, particularly functions involved in overseas travel, conferences, negotiations etcetera”.Political commentator Lloyd B. Smith said the move by Washington will have implications for both the government and the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). “Mr. Robertson is not just an ordinary member of the JLP, he’s one of the members of the hierarchy of the party. He’s a Deputy Leader, he’s seen as a very influential party person and he’s a full fledged minister.“Surely this type of high profile embarrassment where his visa and that of his wife have been revoked will put a dent in the JLP,” Smith said.Another political commentator, Martin Henry, said that although the reasons for the visa cancellation have not been made public, Golding will be forced to make an announcement.Meanwhile, the PNP Youth Organization (PNPYO) has welcomed Robertson’s resignation but has also called for the resignation of Prime Minister Golding. In a statement, the PNPYO said the Prime Minister has been tainted by several controversies that have brought into question his credibility and moral authority to continue leading the country.It also pointed to the revelation by the international whistle-blowing organisation, WikiLeaks published by in the  Sunday Gleaner, indicating that the United States Embassy here has labelled the Golding administration as “two-faced”.The US Government document uncovered by WikiLeaks suggested that the Prime Minister was less than truthful on at least two occasions when he first responded to questions in Parliament about the extradition request for alleged drug lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.  “In many other countries the Prime Minister or President would have already done the noble thing and stepped down,” the PNPYO said in its statement. The PNPYO said it was now time for the Prime Minister to do the honourable thing by stepping aside and saving Jamaica further national and international embarrassment.last_img read more

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Caution opens door for Cordes in XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour at Indee

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 24) – The caution that Troy Cordes was hoping for finally came out with eight laps left in Thursday’s XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event at Independence Motor Speedway.Defending IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series champion Ronn Lauritzen drew the outside pole start and clearly had the fastest ride through the first 22 circuits. Cordes had taken the opening green from 11th and worked his way steadily to second but was still well off the pace before the fateful yellow flew for a car stopped on the track. The two Independence regulars dueled up front before Cordes finally found his way to the front. The final caution, for a car perched on the backside of turn four, set up a green, white, checkered fin­ish. Cordes pulled ahead to take the checkers a couple car lengths ahead of Lauritzen. He earned a spot on the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot along with his tour career first victory.Vern Jackson, Jeff Waterman and Adam Johnson completed the top five. Point leader Mike Van Genderen was sixth. Different drivers have prevailed in each of the first six series events this season; Cordes had run second to Darin Duffy when the Hawkeye Dirt Tour shared the midweek stage with the World of Outlaw Late Models last August. Cordes has won 10 sanctioned events this season and now has 90 IMCA Modified victories to his ca­reer credit.Next up on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule is the Thursday, Aug. 7 show at Hancock County Speedway in Britt. That event doubles as the 20th annual Night of 1,000 Stars special and pays a minimum of $3,500 to win. Another $2,500 in lap money is at stake, plus a $1,000 bonus for leading at midway of the 50-lapper. Another $2,000 will be added to the winner’s share if they’ve raced at Hancock County Speedway at least four times previously this season, making for a potential payout of $9,000 at the Doug Studer Farms-sponsored program. Feature results – 1. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 2. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 3. Vern Jackson, Water­loo; 4. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 5. Adam Johnson, Independence; 6. Mike Van Genderen, New­ton; 7. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 8. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 9. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 10. Cay­den Carter, Oskaloosa; 11. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 12. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 13. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 14. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids; 15. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 16. Ed Thomas, Waterloo; 17. Tyler Groenendyk, Oskaloosa; 18. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 19. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 20. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 21. Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; 22. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 23. J.D. Au­ringer, Waterloo; 24. Dustin Brown, Thornton. 1st heat (top three) – 1. Carter; 2. Waterman; 3. Johnson; 4. Duffy; 5. Groenendyk; 6. Snyder; 7. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 8. Ward. 2nd heat – 1. Van Genderen; 2. Gustin; 3. Cordes; 4. Sobbing; 5. Gansen; 6. Schulte; 7. Murray; 8. Derek Reimer, Marshalltown. 3rd heat – 1. Hogan; 2. Mills; 3. Docekal; 4. Flannagan; 5. Dustin Brown; 6. Kyle Brown, Kellogg; 7. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 8. Zach Less, Hopkinton. 4th heat – 1. Lauritzen; 2. Roberts; 3. Jackson; 4. Auringer; 5. Shane DeMey, Denison; 6. Thomas; 7. Brennen Chipp, Waterloo.1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Duffy; 2. Flannagan; 3. Groenendyk; 4. Dustin Brown; 5. Snyder; 6. Kyle Brown; 7. O’Brien; 8. Droste; 9. Less; 10. Ward. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Sobbing; 2. Auringer; 3. Gansen; 4. Thomas; 5. Schulte; 6. DeMey; 7. Mur­ray; 8. Chipp; 9. Reimer.Provisionals – Ward and Murray.last_img read more

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