Josef Bugeja, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Gen­eral Work­ers Union

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Mr Bugeja said the an­swer to the first ques­tion was sim­ple: “All of them. This is be­cause ev­ery one of our pro­pos­als is based on the prin­ci­ple of so­cial jus­tice. All pro­pos­als are to im­prove the qual­ity of life of work­ers, fam­i­lies, and pen­sion­ers. But if I had to choose I’d like to see in­cluded the pro­pos­als we put for­ward about the in­tro­duc­tion of Med­i­cal Leave; the one that calls for the prin­ci­ple of Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value to be guar­an­teed for all con­tract work­ers that are as­signed to work in com­pa­nies in the pri­vate sec­tor, be­cause this will erad­i­cate pre­car­i­ous work; our pen­sions-re­lated pro­pos­als; and ob­vi­ously that re­gard­ing the pub­lic hol­i­days that fall on week­ends.”

Mr Bugeja be­lieves that in the cur­rent eco­nomic sce­nario the bud­get can ad­dress the is­sues of poverty, the hard­ships faced by pre­car­i­ous work­ers and im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions of those that still are not ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the ben­e­fits of Malta’s eco­nomic growth and suc­cess.

On pro­pos­als by other MCESD mem­bers, the GWU chief said he would like to see pro­pos­als that are in­tended to im­prove the qual­ity of life for Mal­tese work­ers, pen­sion­ers and so­ci­ety in­cluded in next year’s bud­get.

Mr Bugeja said there is no deny­ing that we are fac­ing a traf­fic prob­lem. “There is an ur­gent need to work on mul­ti­ple so­lu­tions to solve this prob­lem, such as bet­ter traf­fic man­age­ment, up­grad­ing of the ex­is­tent in­fra­struc­ture, the in­tro­duc­tion of in­cen­tives to pro­mote car-pool­ing for ex­am­ple, al­ter­na­tive means of mass trans­port and also an in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion to im­prove the driv­ing be­hav­iour.”

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