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GOVERNMENT HITTING LOW PAID WORKERS WITH CROKE PARK II – SINN FEIN

first_imgSinn Féin Donegal TDs Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn have described Croke Park II as an attack on frontline workers.In a joint statement the Donegal Deputies said the worst off in the public sector are being hid the hardest.“This agreement, which the government seeks to force workers into accepting under threat of a worse outcome if it legislates, heaps pain on low and middle income workers. It does little more than tinker with excessive pay at the top,” the said. “Even after the 10% cut to high pay those at the top of the public sector will still earn more than the French President and British Prime Minister.“Labour – the party of Connolly and Larkin – is attacking workers. It is a Labour minister who has split the trade union movement, torn up the Croke Park Agreement and is now set to force through pay cuts across the public sector.“Frontline workers have been unfairly targeted. Nurses, gardaí, firefighters, the emergency services deliver a 24/7 service keeping us safe and well. They are the workers who are being hit hardest.“These workers have mortgages to pay; children to feed and clothe; school books to buy, and bills to pay. None of their outgoings are going to be cut, just their income. “Their pay has been significantly reduced over recent years while the cost of living has risen. Far from protecting workers on low and middle incomes the government has aggressively gone after their increments and unsocial hours pay.“The fact is that frontline workers did not cause this crisis. The Fianna Fáil leadership and the other elites – the golden circle – caused this crisis.“There are alternatives. The government could have brought in a wealth tax. It could have also introduced a third band of tax on those earning more than €100,000.“Instead those who will be hit hardest will be the nurses, the fire services, the ambulance services, the gardaí. Nurses in our overcrowded hospitals will work extra hours, lose unsocial hours payments, have reduced Sunday pay and will have increments frozen. They face a pay cut of eight per cent. That means a nurse on €35,000 will lose €2,800.“That is not fair. The government’s approach is about imposing a higher and disproportionate burden onto those on low and middle incomes.” GOVERNMENT HITTING LOW PAID WORKERS WITH CROKE PARK II – SINN FEIN was last modified: March 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GOVERNMENT HITTING LOW PAID WORKERS WITH CROKE PARK II – SINN FEINlast_img read more

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Increase in Soy Acres Being Driven by Demand Planting Flexibility and other

first_imgU.S. producers are projected to plant 76.7 million acres of soybeans in 2001, up 3 percent from last year, according to a recently-issued U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. If realized, this would be the largest planted area for soybeans on record. While some analysts have speculated that this increase is due to the level of the soybean loan rate in relation to other commodities, the American Soybean Association (ASA) believes such analysis is flawed and overlooks enormous changes in demand, planting flexibility, and other factors.“Domestic and world demand for soybeans during the last decade has been far greater than for any other commodity,” said ASA President Tony Anderson, a producer from Mt. Sterling, Ohio. “Global usage of soybeans grew by 56 percent, compared to 27 percent for corn, 15 percent for rice, 7.5 percent for cotton, and only 6.2 percent for wheat. Even in the United States, soybean usage in the last decade outpaced every other commodity. U.S. usage of soybeans grew by 36 percent, compared to 27 percent for rice, 26 percent for corn, 16 percent for cotton, and a decline of almost 5 percent for wheat.”ASA attributes soybean acreage growth to the following factors:Greater growth in world and U.S. demand for soybeans than for other commodities.Introduction in the 1996 Farm Bill of unrestricted planting flexibility and decoupled income support payments that allowed producers to shift to agronomically and economically preferable crop rotations. Prior to 1996, soybean acres were constrained by farm program provisions that required producers to plant their farms to “program crops” (wheat, feed grains, cotton, and rice) to receive income support from the federal government.Relatively high soybean prices between 1995 and 1997 that induced producers to plant more soybeans. The season average price received by farmers for the 1995 crop was $7.35 per bushel, declining to $6.45 per bushel in 1996 and $5.35 per bushel in 1997. Since 1997, prices for all major commodities have been depressed, so there has been no inducement for farmers to shift acreage to other crops.Development of new soybean varieties in maturity groups that are much better suited to northern and western climates. In recent years, new soybean varieties have made production possible in colder and drier states where few soybeans were grown 10 years ago. Last year, virtually all of the expansion in soybean plantings occurred in the northern and western states of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, and Kansas.Prevalence of scab and other diseases affecting wheat and other crops. In major wheat states such as North Dakota, moving out of wheat production has been the only way to avoid reoccurrence of scab. Soybeans and other oilseeds have been among crops producers have turned to as they have battled disease problems.Unusually high costs of natural gas and fertilizer that are constricting corn production in the Midwest. Additionally, the continuing disruption of foreign and domestic corn markets and rising corn stocks resulting from the StarLink® debacle may be contributing to this year’s projected decline in corn plantings and increase in soybean plantings. “A final factor useful in judging whether the loan rate for a commodity is out of alignment relative to other crops is its stocks-to-use ratio,” said Anderson. “Carryover stocks of soybeans this fall are expected to total about 12 percent of current domestic and export use. By comparison, corn stocks are projected at 20 percent of use, and wheat supplies will be 34 percent of use. Reducing the soybean loan rate would likely increase production of crops that are already in greater surplus.”In recent testimony before the House Agriculture Committee, ASA proposed setting the current national soybean loan rate of $5.26 per bushel as a floor in the next farm bill. ASA indicated it opposes any reduction of the soybean loan rate, because it provides a vital income safety net for producers. ASA strongly maintained that expansion of U.S. soybean acreage during the last five years has less to do with the loan rate compared to planting flexibility, growth in demand and usage for soybeans, and various agronomic production factors.“Lowering the soybean loan rate would severely hurt soybean producers and significantly reduce overall net farm income,” said Anderson. “Suggestions to lower the soybean loan rate are both ill-considered and ill-advised. A better course would be for Congress and the Administration to adopt policies to expand trade and domestic demand that will get prices for all commodities above current loan levels. ASA has identified a list of initiatives to bolster demand, ranging from food aid to commercial trade to use of biodiesel and other industrial uses for soybeans. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to implement this agenda.”last_img read more

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