Government withdraws union financial assistance – Forum group
The For.U.M. group of trade unions has slammed the government for not allocating its members the EU’s Social Cohesion Funds.
In a statement, the group has called for all unions to unite and protest this decision. The group also claimed that it is incomprehensible for the government to expect unions to contribute to the welfare of workers when these vital funds are withdrawn.
In a dig at the government, Forum claimed that the previous PN administration had always honoured its financial responsibilities to assist unions and then Opposition leader Joseph Muscat had never indicated that such funds were to cease.
“Not making such funds available to the unions makes it impossible for them to contribute to the welfare of Malta in European forums.”
These funds, who fall under the remit of Minister Helena Dalli, are needed by trade unions in order to honor their European commitments by participating and contributing in the various institutions.
“Participation in such European fora is essential and hence unions are being effectively deprived from having an active role in the development of European policies.”
“The Minister is either intentionally or unwittingly confusing the pre-accession funds with the Social Cohesion Funds.”
The group also voiced its disapproval at Minister Dalli’s comments after she said that the MEUSAC’s budget has been reduced and hence the Government is not in a position to honour its commitments towards trade unions.