The Malta Independent 19 May 2022, Thursday

The minimum wage should already be at €1,100 per month - Volt Malta

Monday, 17 January 2022, 14:00 Last update: about 5 months ago

Political party Volt Malta believes every worker has the right to a living minimum wage.

In a statement, the party expressed its belief that the minimum wage should already be €1,100 a month and aims to achieve this within 3 years.

“The way in which it reached this figure was by calculating 60% of the median wage, based on recommendations of the European Commission for a decent minimum wage.  Latest Eurostat data shows Malta’s minimum wage is 43% of the median wage, so 60% of the median wage (€1824.84) would be €1094.90.”

The party also called for the establishment of a Living Wage Directorate within the National Statistics Office (NSO) that is responsible for regularly calculating the living wage, and also for the NSO to provide regular public figures on the median wage within the regular Labour Force Survey.

‘‘In Volt Malta, we believe having good food and water, clothing, safe housing, efficient transportation and affording emergency expenses is a human right. A living wage is a stepping stone we are pushing for to make sure everyone has this right.’’ added Kassandra Mallia, Volt Malta Candidate & Vice-President

“The party acknowledges that current rising prices on essential items such as bread and dairy are worrisome and are impacting the working poor among us, for whom paying rent and food for themselves and their families is the priority. It commends the efforts of Foodbank Lifeline and urges people to donate to them.”

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