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Given that pensions in the country are only 1.2 times the poverty line workers might have to dela... [more]

Given that pensions in the country are only 1.2 times the poverty line workers might have to delay retirement if they want to maintain living standards. Government is keen to launch a discussion of additional measures to encourage elderly workers to stay in the workforce but there are other ways to solve this problem. Government could also substantially increase pensions. In comparison, in Spain pensions are on average 1.7 times the poverty line.

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According to Eurostat data the national minimum wage that is currently set at 762 euro a month, i... [more]

According to Eurostat data the national minimum wage that is currently set at 762 euro a month, is below the European Union average. The average minimum wage across the European Union was 924 euro a month. Southern European member states, including Malta, Greece, Portugal and Spain, all had minimum wages ranging between 650 and just over 1000 euro per month. The minimum wage in Malta is higher than the minimum wage in Greece and Portugal but lower than in Slovenia and Spain. While the vast majority of the EU member have a national minimum wage, Denmark, Italy, Cyprus, Austria, Finland and Sweden do not have a set minimum wage.

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The General Workers Union is worried about unfounded allegations being made against their members... [more]

The General Workers Union is worried about unfounded allegations being made against their members. Therefore care workers, nursing aides and health assistants working in public hospitals and residential care facilities have been urged by their union to only attend to patients if accompanied by a colleague. Nursing aides and health assistants should be assisting nurses but according to the union there is a lack of supervision. When health workers attend to patients alone and the patients file a complaint there are no witnesses to prove their innocence.

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According to Eurostat data in 2017 5,1% of the young and employed people in the country were at r... [more]

According to Eurostat data in 2017 5,1% of the young and employed people in the country were at risk of poverty. This is one of the lowest proportions of young people aged 18-24 in work and at risk of poverty in the European Union. The average proportion of young people at risk of poverty EU-wide was estimated to be 11%, this is 1,1% below the figure for 2016. Individuals are identified as being at risk of poverty if their income after social transfers is less than 60% of the median income.

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Last month both employers’ organisations and the majority of the trade unions rejected a proposal... [more]

Last month both employers’ organisations and the majority of the trade unions rejected a proposal by the Prime Minister to make membership of workers and companies in trade unions and employer associations compulsory (see our November newsletter). At an annual two-day seminar the debate on non-unionised workers continued. Trade union the Voice of the Workers proposes an “agency shop model” whereby non-union members pay a fee whenever they benefit from a service negotiated by a trade union. Contrary to other European countries, trade union membership is on the rise in Malta Trade with membership figures for the first time going over the 100.000 mark.

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According to the Union of Professional Educators (UPE) Stella Maris College has issued various te... [more]

According to the Union of Professional Educators (UPE) Stella Maris College has issued various teachers with a working load that is well beyond the agreed maximum of 25 lessons. UPE wants to sort out the issue with the school management and in the meantime has advised its members not to perform any additional tasks that makes them exceed their maximum working load. Management states that the school is dealing with some human resource issues but is not forcing their teachers to exceed maximum working load as teachers are always free to refuse these additional lessons.

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The trade union Unjoni Haddiema Maltin - Voice of the Workers (UHM) acted in a responsible and ju... [more]

The trade union Unjoni Haddiema Maltin - Voice of the Workers (UHM) acted in a responsible and justifiable manner when signing the sectoral agreement for the health sector, according to a ruling of the civil court. The case was brought to court by 10 individual workers in 2013 who demanded €500,000 in damages. The UHM said that the professionals wanted to be the only professionals to gain a wage increase through a promotion, at the expense of 44 other workers who were eligible for the same promotion. The union said that the 10 professionals expected that even though the government had implemented a sector-wide reform, which meant that 54 were eligible for promotion, only 10 would be eligible for that promotion.

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The General Workers’ Union has requested the Maltese Council for Social and Economic Development ... [more]

The General Workers’ Union has requested the Maltese Council for Social and Economic Development (MCESD) to open a discussion on the proposal for every worker to be involved in a trade union of his choice. Earlier on, the Malta Employers’ Association (MEA), the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) and the Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise and Industry (MCCEI) had stressed that it is up to an individual employee or company to decide on joining an association. The organisations reacted on a statement of the Prime Minister who had suggested in parliament the possibility of a compulsory membership of workers and companies in trade unions and employer associations.

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Dentists employed in the public sector were on strike for the past two months. Trade union UĦM Vo... [more]

Dentists employed in the public sector were on strike for the past two months. Trade union UĦM Voice of the Workers had called for the industrial actions that backed up its bargaining. The protest by the dentists were suspended following talks between the Ministry of Health and the Union. The Ministry said that both parties decided to move forward with their discussion on the sectoral agreement for the dentists in a structured manner with the aim to finalise an agreement.

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The Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) was facing the question whether or not to strike, as Parliament... [more]

The Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) was facing the question whether or not to strike, as Parliament debated a new Education Act with far-reaching implications for the teaching profession as a whole. In a long interview the leadership of the union explains the union’s reasoning to first announce a strike and, later on, calling it off. Despite a consultation exercise of 2016, MUT had not been consulted about the new Act.

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