Friday, August 15, 2014

MEA’s employment proposals are a threat to workers.

“The proposals put forward by the Malta Employers Association, to change and amend the “Employment and Industrial Regulations Act”, are unacceptable. The association arguments with regards sick leave, threatens the worker’s right to sick leave. The Party gives all its support to the Unions who have come out against these proposals.

“MEA, in the first place should initiate a campaign amongst its members to avoid a situation where workers have to toil under extreme conditions exposed to sunrays. Various studies show that long exposures in summer to the ultraviolet rays of the sun will lead to various health hazards, which include skin cancer and sunstroke”.       

“Same applies to sports, the Communist Party of Malta sees this as a regressive measure, against the individual right to participate in sporting events. The Minister under whose responsibility sports falls should outrightly condemn this proposal”.

“With regards to COLA, the party insists for a progressive reform, so that the increase for the cost of living is more realistic. We appeal also for an increase in the national minimum wage, so that families on low income can live a decent life”.   

The Communist Party of Malta considers MEA proposals as if coming from a Theocratic State. The Malta Employers Association should strive for a better work-life balance, as this will strengthen industrial relations. 

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