MUMN is­sues in­dus­trial di­rec­tives to all so­cial work­ers em­ployed in pub­lic sec­tor

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Malta Union of Mid­wives and Nurses has is­sued in­dus­trial di­rec­tives to all so­cial work­ers em­ployed in the pub­lic sec­tor af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions on a re­newal of a col­lec­tive agree­ment were de­layed.

The dis­cus­sions to sign a new sec­toral agree­ment for the so­cial work­ers em­ployed within the pub­lic ser­vice are tak­ing ex­tremely long, the union said in a let­ter to the govern­ment.

The govern­ment is not sen­si­tive enough to the con­tin­u­ous de­te­ri­o­rat­ing work­ing con­di­tions of these em­ploy­ees who in turn are do­ing mir­a­cles to of­fer a de­cent ser­vice to their clients, the MUMN said.

Another sore point is the fact that these are the only pro­fes­sion­als in the Health and El­derly Depart­ments that are not en­ti­tled to funds to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing their pro­fes­sion. MUMN said it can­not tol­er­ate any­more this sit­u­a­tion. All the so­cial work­ers em­ployed within the pub­lic ser­vice have been in­structed to take in­dus­trial ac­tion. The di­rec­tives are as fol­lows: • Do not cover med­i­cal firms who do not have a so­cial worker as­signed to them. Do not even see to tele­phone calls re­lated to these firms; Do not take any new re­fer­rals; Do not do any men­tal wel­fare of­fi­cer du­ties; Do not fol­low up on pa­tients who fail to at­tend for their vis­its; Do not do any tasks as­signed to care worker or other sup­port­ing staff; Do not ac­cept to take stu­dents from next se­mes­ter; Do not do ex­tra clin­ics apart from the usual clin­ics. • •

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