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30 August 2014

GWU's next battle is in food and hospitality sector

 - Wednesday, 28 August 2013, 11:53

The General Workers’ Union’s next battle against precarious work will be in the food and hospitality sector, where abuses are taking place, secretary general Tony Zarb said this morning.

After highlighting precarious work issues in the health sector, the GWU will continue its name and shame campaign in other sectors, he said while addressing a union activity at the Workers’ Memorial Building in Valletta.

He said that precarious work practices exist in a number of hotels and restaurants, including top class establishments.

One particular owner, he said, was not paying employees for the first two days of their work, then forces them to buy a uniform and then dismisses them after two weeks. This is a cycle that means the employer is saving on two days’ wages every 14 days, he said, apart from the costs incurred by the employees to buy uniforms just for two weeks.

Mr Zarb said that he will announce his future at the union congress in a few weeks’ time.

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Mario Sammut says:
28 August 2013 12:31

He should also check the derisory amount that is paid per hour . Top class restaurants paying 3.50 euros per hr .is not uncommon . And that includes unsociable hours during weekends and holidays . Utterly disgraceful considering the profit these establishments make . It is modern slavery and the proffessional waiter has been edged out in favour of cheap inexperienced school leavers and non English speaking East Europeans .

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Edwin De Marco says:
28 August 2013 12:24

Mr. Zarb has been going on about this topic of 'prekarjat' for quite a long time now. How about really 'Naming & Shaming' & not just empty threats?  How many euros per week rise is Mr. Zarb contemplating for ALL pensioners & under-paid workers? Come November we will know the answer.

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