Dr Anna Borg, the Director at the Centre for Labour Studies at the University of Malta, said that since the Maltese economy is relatively strong at the moment, it is the right time to introduce measures allowing for a balance between life and work. The Director said this during her intervention in a discussion organised by the Office of the European Parliament in Dar Ewropa.
In a press release the Office of the European Parliament in Malta, mentioned that Ms Mary Gaerty from the National Council of Women of Malta noted that countries which are economically doing well are the countries that put family affairs at the centre of their policies.
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Jesmond Bonello from UĦM Voice of the Workers said that this is not just a parental right but also an obligation towards the children.
John Farrugia from the Malta Employers Association added that such law is necessary in today’s reality. Josef Bugeja from General Workers Union also agreed and emphasised the importance of investment in the human resource.
Chris Attard from Forum Malta asked whether the paternal leave will become obligatory. Various speakers urged on the need of a change in mentality where men should have a greater share when it comes to familiar responsibilities, and also get more involved during the birth and the up bring of their children.
According to the Office of the European Parliament, this law balancing life and work will establish a number of new and improved standards when it comes to parental, paternal and care-giving leave of absence, as well as the right for flexibility in working hours. The EP Office also acknowledges the needs of small and medium sized enterprises and is reassuring these businesses that they will not be effected in a disproportionate manner.