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