Public sector employment to be protected by Labour government – Chris Fearne
Health Minister Chris Fearne, commenting about proposals in the PN’s pre-budget document, said that jobs within the public sector would be protected by the Labour government.
Fearne criticised what he described as empty proposals made by the Nationalist Party in its pre-budget document, but could only mention 1 of the 91 put forward by the party.
Addressing the media, he said the rest of the proposals had already been introduced or are in the process of being implemented by the current government.
He criticised proposal 19, which deals with public spending and which reads as follows: “Carry out an independent HR Audit exercise across all public sector bodies to determine optimum staffing levels. Facilitate redeployment of human resources between public sector entities to limit the need for additional recruitment,”saying this is reflective of the Nationalist Party’s inability to change regardless of 2013’s electoral result. It remains a party for the privileged with the above proposal set to negatively affect the workforce, who according to him are ‘the weakest and most vulnerable’.
He pointed to the term ‘redeployment’ which is similar to the ‘transfer policy’ introduced by the Nationalist Party in the late 1980s. The privatisation of non-core services is a vague proposal which only puts instability into the minds of the population, in particular families, Mr Fearne said.
Labour MP Silvio Schembri also directed a number of questions to PN leader Simon Busuttil, asking which sectors and roles will be affected, how many positions will be re-deployed, and whether or not the party had consulted the unions before the publication of the document.
Mr Fearne also mentioned that under the current administration employment has gone up. He referred to the introduction of 250 jobs within the public medical sector. He also spoke about the increase in employment in the private sector with about 19,500 new jobs since 2013.
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