Em­ploy­ment reg­u­la­tion Le­gal Notices were dis­cussed for two years − GWU

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

The Gen­eral Work­ers Union last week urged the govern­ment to re-in­tro­duce new em­ploy­ment reg­u­la­tions that were sus­pended fol­low­ing up­roar by em­ploy­ers.

Four Le­gal Notices were pub­lished the pre­vi­ous week, re­vis­ing rules on va­ca­tion leave and payslips.

The re­vised sys­tem al­lowed an­nual leave al­lot­ment to con­tinue to ac­crue even when em­ploy­ees were on ma­ter­nity, sick­ness or in­jury leave and even when on un­paid leave.

The new reg­u­la­tions stated that, once granted, leave could not be re­voked un­der any cir­cum­stances what­so­ever.

They also said that em­ploy­ers could only utilise up to 12 work­ing days from the an­nual leave en­ti­tle­ment for the shut­down pe­riod.

Another Le­gal No­tice said em­ploy­ers would be bound to give em­ploy­ees an itemised payslip ei­ther be­fore or on the date when wages are due. The itemised payslip must con­tain, among other things, the to­tal wages paid, the num­ber of nor­mal and over­time hours worked and the re­spec­tive pay rates for Sun­days or pub­lic hol­i­days if ap­pli­ca­ble, the an­nual leave and sick leave bal­ance to date for that cal­en­dar year and any break­down of any bonuses, al­lowances and com­mis­sions re­ceived.

Last week, govern­ment said it was sus- pend­ing the Le­gal Notices and will be dis­cussing them with the so­cial part­ners.

The Gen­eral Work­ers Union dis­agreed with the sus­pen­sion. It said that, con­trary to the im­pres­sion be­ing given, these le­gal notices were dis­cussed over the past two years in meet­ings of the Em­ploy­ment and Re­la­tions Board.

The GWU and other unions pre­sented pro­pos­als for the em­ploy­ment law re­form to im­prove work­ing con­di­tions and ad­dress anom­alies. It pointed out that some of the pro­vi­sions in the le­gal notices had al­ready been in­cluded in col­lec­tive agree­ments.

It was there­fore log­i­cal to ex­tend these rights and con­di­tions to work­ers who were not rep­re­sented by a union, the GWU said.

It said it could not un­der­stand how anyone could be against giv­ing em­ploy­ees a de­tailed payslip on their pay­day. And why should un­used leave not be car­ried for­ward to the fol­low­ing year?

There are cases where em­ploy­ees have their leave can­celled by their em­ployer and are then not al­lowed to carry it for­ward to the fol­low­ing year.

The GWU said that while em­ploy­ees have du­ties and obli­ga­tions to­wards their em­ploy­ers, the em­ploy­ers have to re­spect their em­ploy­ees and be hon­est with them.

Em­ploy­ees rightly ex­pect to be part of the country’s eco­nomic suc­cess, it said.

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