The Malta Independent 22 February 2020, Saturday

AD believes protecting vulnerable workers should be national priority

Saturday, 24 August 2019, 11:58 Last update: about 7 months ago

In a statement today, AD spokesperson on social policy Anna Azzopardi referred to the GWU proposal on compulsory membership of trade unions of their choice in all places of work, with an option for objectors to opt out provided they pay up to a fund for initiatives in favour of decent working conditions for all workers.

Anna Azzopardi said:”Trade Unions are right when they complain about 'free riders' who enjoy the benefits of collective bargaining, enjoying the fruits of the determination of others to stand up for their rights, while they sit on the fence. Outright dismissal of these GWU proposals by some shows a lack of understanding of the world of work and the imbalance of effective power between employers and employees, especially in some sectors of the economy.”

AD Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo added :“AD understands that the motivation for this proposal is the need to ensure that solidarity is the basic building block of trade union activity: to protect vulnerable employees, including those subject to zero-hour contracts, casual or part time employment as well as to discourage free riders. Solidarity should be the foundation stone of all social policy.”

”AD believes that protecting vulnerable workers should be a national priority. As such, the party supports efforts to increase both trade union presence as well as shop-floor unity. However it considers that more detailed information on the GWU proposal is required to be placed in the public domain. Consequently AD invites the GWU to publish a detailed proposal including information on similar experiences elsewhere.”


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