Kevin Bonello, Pres­i­dent of the Malta Union of Teach­ers and For.U.M.

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

“The top pro­posal is the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of prior learn­ing. This is very im­por­tant in a con­text where the coun­try is solely de­pen­dent on work­ers and skills, while at the same time also heav­ily re­liant on qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Per­sons who were ed­u­cated in for­mer times could not ac­cess the qual­i­fi­ca­tions that ex­ist to­day but they have ac­cu­mu­lated ex­pe­ri­ence and skills that even univer­sity grad­u­ates need years of ex­pe­ri­ence to ac­quire. We ex­pect, now more than ever, in a mar­ket with a short­age of highly skilled work­ers, that per­sons are em­pow­ered to be as­sessed on their skills and their ex­pe­ri­ence (+ assess­ment) con­verted into a qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Qual­i­fi­ca­tions should in­clude Lev­els 5, 6, 7 and 8. For some strange rea­son, this has been on the po­lit­i­cal cards for years but as yet the NCFHE is not do­ing this process to the detri­ment of hun­dreds of skilled work­ers who would like to find bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Mr Bonello said the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion is def­i­nitely much bet­ter than what it was un­til a few years ago. “For.U.M is ex­pect­ing bud­get mea­sures that re­flect this re­al­ity. More­over, we ex­pect gov­ern­men­tre­lated col­lec­tive agree­ments that are cur­rently be­ing ne­go­ti­ated to re­flect this eco­nomic progress sub­stan­tially. From a work­ers’ point of view, the bud­get is not the main thing, but the col­lec­tive agree­ments are.”

In re­ply to the third ques­tion, Mr Bonello named the GWU and For.U.M’s pro­posal on the re-in­clu­sion of com­pen­sa­tion for pub­lic hol­i­days that fall on week­ends for work­ers.

Mr Bonello said For.U.M has made many pro­pos­als on traf­fic, in­clud­ing ban­ning heavy and large com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and horse-drawn car­riages from ar­te­rial roads dur­ing peak hours.

Stu­dents at sec­ondary school level should be given free bus passes to go to school on pub­lic trans­port, the num­ber of traf­fic lights should be re­duced and a light car-ferry ser­vice should be in­tro­duced in the Grand Har­bour and Marsamx­ett. For.U.M is also ad­vo­cat­ing for­ward plan­ning and in­fra­struc­ture up­grades.

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