Thursday, July 28, 2005

House approves bill to enshrine court ruling into statutes

MoD contractorisation case

House of Assembly yesterday unanimously approved an amendment to enshrine in Gibraltar’s statute books a recent ruling by the Chief Justice in the MOD contractorisation court case.

The judgment stated that the Supreme Court had jurisdiction to hear the case brought forward by the TGWU.

Minister for Employment Joe Holliday said the amendment gives effect to the ruling which means that trade unions and workers “whose rights are violated by privatisation,” will be able to seek relief against this in the Supreme Court, since this is not available through the Industrial Tribunal which is far more limited in its powers to grant the recourse sought.

From the Opposition benches, Fabian Picardo welcomed what he described as “any legislation to entirely stop contractorisation,” and to stop any work currently undertaken by directly employed labour in the MoD being put into a contract.


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Freedom of the City

Meanwhile a motion conferring the Freedom of the City of Gibraltar on the Institute of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, popularly known as the Loretto Sisters, was approved unanimously by the House of Assembly.

Mr Caruana reviewed the order’s historical role in the development of education on the Rock since their arrival in 1845.

Leader of the Opposition Joe Bossano recalled that the last time a religious order had been granted this honour was in 1977 when the Christian Brothers were the recipients of the freedom of the city. He said it had taken all these years to rectify the sex discrimination of not having extended the award to the nuns at the time.

The House of Assembly also passed an amendment to the Medical and Health Bill closing down a legal loophole that allowed for the importation of certain controlled drugs without an import licence. The amendment will now ensure that the importation of every controlled drug into Gibraltar is carried out by means of an import licence.

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