GWU cho­sen to op­er­ate Com­mu­nity Work Scheme be­cause it pro­vided best of­fer – Min­is­ter Bar­tolo

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

Gen­eral Work­ers’ Union was cho­sen to op­er­ate the Com­mu­nity Work Scheme be­cause they had the best of­fer. Speak­ing to the press fol­low­ing a press con­fer­ence which launched the Na­tional Sills Coun­cil, the min­is­ter, ac­com­pa­nied by Job­sPlus Chair­man Clyde Caru­ana, said that GWU par­tic­i­pated in the ten­der to­gether with two other bid­ders.

“This whole is­sue arose sim­ply be­cause the win­ning bid was pre­sented by GWU,” Mr Caru­ana ex­plained.

Re­ports in the me­dia claimed that GWU would be earn­ing €8.5 mil­lion from the scheme.

Mr Caru­ana ex­plained that the process was trans­par­ent and as fair as pos­si­ble. “When we came to open the en­velopes with the ten­der pro­pos­als, we had the three bid­ders sit­ting in front of us. We left the en­ve­lope con­tain­ing the cost last, so that we would not be in­flu­enced by the price.

“When I came to ETC four years ago and asked about this scheme, the re­sults were not sat­is­fac­tory,” he ex­plained. The scheme is part of the gov­ern­ment’s plan to have equal pay for equal work.

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