The Malta Independent 27 September 2023, Wednesday
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Government should legislate to protect foreign workers from poor working conditions - NGO

Saturday, 30 April 2022, 14:28 Last update: about 2 years ago

On the occasion of Worker's Day, The Left think - tank organisation Zminijietna urged the government to close a loophole surrounding exploitation of food delivery couriers, domestic workers and assisted migrants.  

"In relation to all this, the Government is still procrastinating  to introduce legislation to recognise food delivery couriers as employees, stated Zminijietna - Voice of the Left.

Zminijietna added "that all workers should be entitled for a secure monthly salary, the right to sick leave and leave, and the right to collective bargaining. The country of Spain and Portugal had already introduced legislation to address these issues".  

Furthermore, Zminijietna insists that "the Government should be more progressive in terms of mandatory unionisation, and for an adequate minimum wage".

"Flexi-curity in the labour market should be the way forward, rather than flex-exploitation. Malta should not use foreign workers as a means to lower working conditions and rights".    

"New legislation should also encourage flexible work scheduling, so the workers have the ability and rights to adjust the days and hours of being in the office and also to work remotely".      

With regards to inflation, Zminijietna urges MCESD to support the Government to formulate a more realistic cost of living mechanism. On a positive note, the Government's decision to keep energy and commodity prices stable helped to keep inflation in Malta, amongst the lowest in Europe. 



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