If you work in a female-dominated workplace, chances of having access to flexible working arrangements could be less and not more as commonly assumed, new research suggests. The study looked at individuals in 27 countries across the European Union. It found that the best workplaces for providing flexibility were gender-neutral – where men and women were equally represented.The research, published in the journal European Journal of Industrial Relations, provides evidence to ‘reject the assumption’ that women have better access to flexible working arrangements and that female-dominated workplaces are better at providing them, said researcher Heejung Chung of University of Kent in Britain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Working in female-dominated jobs and/or sectors significantly reduces access to schedule control for both men and women,” the study said. It is commonly assumed that the low wages often found in female-dominated workplaces can be justified through better provision of family-friendly arrangements, but this research provides evidence that low wages are accompanied by worse working conditions for many.The implication for policy makers is that the group of the population that may be in most need of flexible work arrangements may be unable to gain access to them.
Kolkata: The Election Commission (EC) has served a show-cause notice to BJP state president Dilip Ghosh for his controversial remarks regarding the Commission itself.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state has sought a clarification as to why he made such an obnoxious comment regarding the EC. The remarks came from Ghosh two days ago after the election personnel removed a banner that was allegedly carrying his photograph and Ram Navami greetings. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile talking to a private television channel, Ghosh said he would have taken off the trousers of the election personnel who had dared to remove the banner, had he been present there at the spot. The CEO office has taken a strong objection to Ghosh’s remarks. According to a senior official at the CEO office, Ghosh’s statements were derogatory in nature and hence, he has been asked to clarify why he made such a statement. Ghosh had allegedly used Ram Navami greetings and posters during his election rally flouting the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) set up by the Election Commission of India. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe state has once again witnessed processions where weapons were brandished during the Ram Navami celebrations this year. After his controversial remarks, Ghosh had, however, claimed that he did not flout any MCC violation by putting a banner greeting people on the occasion of Ram Navami. He went ahead and added that he is entitled to put out a banner as he has been a local MLA. The Commission, however, seems unmoved and has show-caused him. The CEO office wanted to know from Ghosh if he has conducted an election rally using various posters of Ram Navami or if any weapons were used during the rally. Earlier, Ghosh was seen displaying swords and maces during Ram Navami celebrations in Kharagpur. The Kolkata Police along with its state counterpart said no political, apolitical and religious organisations have been allowed to carry out rallies with arms. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a rally in Siliguri, criticised the BJP for taking out armed rallies and said they were trying to “sell religion” for political advantage. “Whose throat do you want to slit with swords? Whose head do you want to smash with the mace,” she had questioned while addressing a rally in favour of party’s Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat candidate Amar Singh Rai.
Kolkata: A thundershower triggered by a Nor’wester that lashed various South Bengal districts on late Monday evening may persist till Wednesday.The residents of city and the people from other districts in South Bengal will witness a pleasant weather till Wednesday following which the temperature may start soaring. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, a pressure zone has formed over Bihar and Jharkhand that has been constantly injecting water vapour into Bengal. The water vapour will also contribute to the rainfall in South Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA senior official at the Alipore MeT office said that the temperature would continue to go up from Thursday after the rainy spell is over. Rain that lashed South Bengal districts has brought down the temperature by 3 to 5 degree Celsius giving much waited respite to the people. The discomfort level will shoot up after the next Thursday due to high level of humidity prevailing in the atmosphere. The weather office said that a moderate to heavy rainfall will hit five districts in North Bengal. Rain will be coupled with thunderstorm and lightning. A hailstorm is also predicted to hit some districts in North Bengal as result of Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statewhich the tea gardens may be affected. “The temperature in various South Bengal districts may start rising from Thursday as there is an expected change to happen in the weather system. The impact of the rainy spell will be over by Thursday,” a senior official of the Alipore Met office said. The official also added that the Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Wednesday. Rains have pushed the mercury down by a few notches. People have received some respite from the excessive heat.