Malta -Inquiry into precarious conditions of healthcare workers -September 2, 2011

Criticism about the plight of precarious workers in Malta’s state hospitals has led to the government setting up a board of inquiry into their pay and conditions. Earlier there were several attempts to highlight the conditions of precarious workers; for example Toni Zarb, Secretary General of the General Workers’ Union (GWU), has raised the issue several times. After the parliamentay opposition health spokesperson argued that conditions of work and pay of subcontracted care workers were in breach of the law, the government has set up a board of inquiry. GWU is hoping that the outcome may also help remove the fear of reprisals that currently deters workers from becoming union members.



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