State­ment by For.U.M. on Em­ploy­ment Law changes

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

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