Workers' rights an AD priority
Workers' rights feature prominently in the AD manifesto, AD Chairperson Michael Briguglio stated during a press conference in Msida.
In parliament, AD will propose legislation for a strong social model based on decent jobs rather than precarious employment, Dr Briguglio argued. “Our progressive ideology and the fact that we have no ties with big business enable us to speak clearly on social justice.” He added that there are various examples of workers in precarious employment who are not being given equal rights or pay, including the contractual workers at Mater Dei and IPSL workers.
AD Spokesperson for Social Policy and Civil Rights Angele Deguara said that AD believes that the minimum wage in Malta should increase and should be extended to part time and contractual workers. Although in Malta the unemployment rate is relatively low, she stated, the country still has a high rate of unemployed persons. “Women are not the only category of people who find it difficult to access the labour market. The Government should share the financial burden with regards to certain benefits such as parental leave with employers, especially because most companies in Malta are SMEs.