At least 34 patients have died because of the unavailability of treatment caused by Pakistan's young doctors' strike, which enters its 39th day today. For nearly six weeks, the public health care system in the province of Punjab has been all but paralysed as young doctors continue to try and pressure authorities for a raise. The Punjab government has twice presented the doctors with an ultimatum, which seems to have had little effect. So far, no arrests have been made in the state's main city of Rawalpindi, though many doctors are expected to receive a termination notice. Xinhua
Carbon tax `will put jobs at risk'
More than two-thirds of Australians are concerned that the introduction of a carbon tax will put jobs at risk, while an even greater number believe companies will move overseas as a result of it. The survey, which was conducted on behalf of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry by Touchpoint Research, also found that 70 per cent believe jobs will be put at risk if the tax goes ahead. Sixty-five per cent say it is unacceptable to sacrifice jobs for the environment, while 82 per cent believe some companies will move offshore once the tax is introduced. The survey further found that 54 per cent of respondents didn't believe a carbon tax would make any difference to the global environment, while only half of those polled believed consumers would actually reduce their energy consumption or that industry would move to become more energy efficient. Sydney Morning Herald/AAP
New jobs `slip' in Britain's private sector
A survey by recruitment firm Reed found that the number of private sector job vacancies in Britain fell last month, suggesting that the country's labour market might have softened. Despite the dour news, job opportunities for 2011 so far remain 25 per cent higher than last year, thanks in part to a steep rise at the beginning of the first quarter, the survey implied. "The sharp rise in job creation witnessed in January and February has slowed, indicating that economic recovery should not be taken for granted," says Martin Warnes, managing director of Reed. The survey results also found that private sector pay levels in Britain are continuing to rise by less than the rate of inflation. BBC
Petroleum company sacks union strikers
Bahrain's main supplier of oil products, Bahrain Petroleum Company, sacked nine trade union employees this week for their instigation and participation in a strike launched by the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions. The company formed a committee to investigate the absence of employees during the recent strike. Bahraini authorities also sacked several public sector employees who took part in the strike. Xinhua