MUMN or­ders in­dus­trial ac­tion for so­cial work­ers and ECG tech­ni­cians

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

So­cial work­ers rep­re­sented by the MUMN, the Union for Mid­wives and Nurses, and who are not em­ployed with the Foun­da­tion for So­cial Wel­fare Ser­vices have joined an in­dus­trial ac­tion which was started off by ECG tech­ni­cians.

MUMN has sent a let­ter to all its so­cial work­ers or­der­ing them not to cover med­i­cal firms who do not have a so­cial worker as­signed to them, not to an­swer phone calls, not to take any re­fer­rals and not to fol­low up pa­tients who fail to at­tend their vis­its, among other things.

The union has or­dered the in­dus­trial ac­tions as dis­cus­sions over bet­ter con­di­tions for So­cial Work­ers and ECG tech­ni­cians hit a brick wall.

“The dis­cus­sions to sign a new sec­toral agree­ment for the so­cial work­ers em­ployed within the pub­lic ser­vice are tak­ing ex­tremely long. On the other hand, the con­di­tions of work for these pro­fes­sion­als are wors­en­ing on a weekly ba­sis. New grad­u­ates are not tempted to be em­ployed to join our mem­bers be­cause of the neg­a­tive en­vi­ron­ment at their place of work,” MUMN said in a let­ter to Dr Joyce Cas­sar, the Di­rec­tor at Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Hu­man Re­la­tions Of­fice of 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. An­other sore point is the fact that these are the only pro­fes­sion­als in the Health and Elderly De­part­ments that are not en­ti­tled for the funds to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing their pro­fes­sion.”

The let­ter to Dr Cas­sar was sent on 7 Oc­to­ber and MUMN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Colin Galea had warned of the pos­si­ble in­dus­trial ac­tion.

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