Policies on remote working in public and private sector should become mandatory – Minister Abela

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Malta should have national policies on remote working in both the public and private sector, Minister Carmelo Abela has suggested while participating in a webinar organised by Grant Thornton on the challenge of sustainable development.

In a statement on Saturday, Minister Abela said that this would mean that instead of having the employee asking to work from home, the choice would depend on the employer.

Following the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve learnt that one could have workers working from home while labour productivity would remain the same, Abela explained, noting that this helped to reduce traffic congestion and lowered the associated emissions.

Organisations could opt for different models of remote working, such as employees working three days remotely and two from their workplace or vice versa.

He stressed that the decision must be driven by the desire to be more sustainable, adding that we have an obligation to take care of the world we live in today for future generations.

Minister Abela said that sustainable development is an integral part of the government’s agenda, highlighting that it fell within his portfolio. He also said that Malta is one of the few countries that has a specific model of governance for sustainable development in place that is supported by the Sustainable Development Act.

Environment and Resources Authority’s executive director, Michelle Piccinino, and architect at the Planning Authority, Wendy Jo Mifsud also participated in the webinar. The session was led by Austin Demajo, Partner at Grant Thornton.