How employers should treat with chik V
Rape is rape,
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am hopping mad and so disappointed that a man of the assumed calibre of Ian Boyne can be so blinkered and small-minded that he supports the belief that marital rape cannot exist legally or otherwise.
With such rampant belief among the men of Jamaica, I feel sorry for Jamaican women or any women married to Jamaican men.
I did not realise that when a woman says "I do", she gives away her right to personal freedom to say, "No, not tonight, darling." Someone wrote recently that Jamaicans can't reason, and now I agree. I have never heard such a load of tosh in my life.
I thank God that I was educated abroad because if this is the level of belief among educated Jamaicans, then we are lost, lost, lost.
Mr Boyne even has the nerve to use the Bible to support his wicked belief.
I will say this in parting, anyone, male or female, from the youngest to the oldest, who is forced against their will to take part in sexual intercourse with another, in or out of marital or concubinage relationship, has been raped. This is the case in all civilised countries.
I recognise lately that some of the arguments that have been put forward by Jamaicans at all levels, and some of our behaviour, do suggest that we are far from civilised. No wonder we need visas to be allowed into other people's countries.
Outameni can showcase Jamaica's history
THE EDITOR, Sir:
For the past week, I have been following the saga at the National Housing Trust (NHT) with the purchase of Outameni. Yes, it was a bad idea, but that doesn't mean that the investment cannot be salvaged.
Slavery was a bad idea at the time, is still a bad idea today and it makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Some ideas are best left alone and the controversy surrounding Outameni is one of them.
Western Jamaica has no cultural attractions to showcase to visitors. I am tired of bumping into whores of all sexes, and there is only so much time you can visit the beach before you get bored.
Why not relocate the Arawak Museum here. Also, with such a rich cultural heritage from our African, East Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern and European forefathers, this centre could also be used to showcase how far we have come as a nation and the influences of these groups on our island.
I am quite certain that there are hundreds of seniors who would be willing to donate their time and effort to see their stories and that of their foreparents told. It would also be nice to have mini food courts that present dishes from these groups for sale. Everywhere I go it's the same old thin - jerk chicken and pork. It's time for something else. We have so much to offer.
Lastly, the statements made my Mr Little-White about "black people" needing a bailout is very unfortunate and has no place in the Jamaica that I know. This is Jamaica, where all ethnic groups are viewed as equal, and colour doesn't matter unless it's green or orange.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
How employers should treat workers with chik-V
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Whether a privilege or an entitlement, most employers facilitate employees by granting a number of sick days each year to deal with spells of illnesses. The public sector, I believe, allocates 10 days leave of absence with pay to employees with medical situations, while the number of days may vary in the private sector.
On Saturday, an educator, out of the classroom since the start of the week with chikungunya, braves the rains and the excruciating pain to visit a doctor with the intention to receive a doctor's certificate. The certificate is absolutely necessary if a full salary is to be received at the next pay cycle.
As it relates to documenting sick leave, how must employers treat with workers in the situation of this islandwide chikungunya outbreak? Many would claim, as happened in the early days of the disease, that it was certain neglect on the part of public health that contributed to the outbreak. The business sector, in particular, has announced huge financial losses due to employees being sick with the virus.
Absence from the job due to chik-V may have, in many cases, wiped out employees' quota of sick leave for the year. Consequently, a decision should be taken, now or in the future, not to apply sick leave to the file of employees whose absence were due to an epidemic or major disease outbreak.
Do not deduct from the sick leave entitlement of employee who were diagnosed with chikungunya.