Statement by For.U.M. on Employment Law changes
LN 271 of 2018 includes a crosssection of measures in favour of employees, some of which are already in force for groups of employees through union's collective representations and agreements.
A legislation which acknowledges these basic employees' rights is welcomed by For.U.M. since unions shall no longer need to strive to retain basic conditions of work which may have been achieved in endless negotiations.
Furthermore all employees, irrespective if regulated by a collective agreement or not, would enjoy the same basic conditions as stipulated in the legal notice.
For.U.M. notes that the said pressure from employers’ association and the subsequent with- drawal of the legal notice brings to light what trade unions need to endure to achieve even the most basic of employees’ rights such as a detailed payslip.
This is not the first occurrence where proposed improvements in employment conditions were halted to the detriment of employees. An example is government's pledge to enable employees to use their sick leave to take care of their sick children.
The swiftness with which government suspended the legal notice does not augur well towards the improvement of employees' conditions. For.U.M. expects that government acts in the same swiftness when trade unions object to measures which are detrimental to employees’ conditions of work.