Working conditions should reflect present realities – MHRA
In the wake of the General Workers’ Union’s (GWU) call for the abolishment of precarious employment within the hospitality and food industry, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) has underlined that certain work conditions must be reviewed to reflect the challenges of the present tourism industry.
The GWU yesterday slammed the precarious working conditions employees face in their working place. Echoing various complaints from union members and non-members, GWU General Secretary Tony Zarb claimed that several workers, including foreigners, were being subjected to unacceptable working conditions.
Mr Zarb held that the identity of the employers would only be disclosed if the MHRA pledges to clamp down on the implicated employers and any precarious employment within the industry.
The Hotels and Restaurants Association has since insisted that it will support law abiding members but claimed that certain conditions within the workplace should be subject to some changes to reflect the needs of the employees, the employer as well as the demands of the tourism industry.
Meanwhile, the MHRA have announced that they will pursue GWU’s invitation to further discuss a holistic hospitality plan. This plan seeks to further develop and sustain the tourism product for the benefit of the wider economy.
It also welcomed the GWU’s call for more incentives to the tourism industry after the latter had previously expressed its support to the development of skills of current workers and of those aspiring to work in this sector.
In a statement, the MHRA held that is currently further strengthening its relations with the Institute of Tourism Studies and the University of Malta through its Academy for continuous professional development and stated that other programmes targeting front liners and middle managers have also been organised.
“MHRA further asserts that the tourism industry employs over 10,000 people who have different levels of abilities, competencies and knowledge. Consequently, the tourism product needs to keep on upgrading itself if it is to remain competitive in the international scene, and human capital is a key variable in this economic formula.”