Protection of vulnerable workers should be a national priority – AD

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Alternattiva Demokratika said that the trade unions are right to complain about employees that benefit from collective agreements without paying their dues to the union.

Times of Malta reported that the GWU is proposing mandatory trade union membership with a non-enrolment option. Those who would like to opt out would have to pay a fraction of the membership fee into a common trade union fund.

AD’s statement comes a day after former chairperson of the Green Party, Arnold Cassola said slammed the proposal as a “non-starter illegality”.

AD chairperson Carmel Cacopardo said that the Green Party understands the motivation for this proposal is the need to ensure that solidarity is the basic building block of the trade union activity. “Solidarity should be the foundation stone of all social policy,” Cacopardo stated.

AD’s social policy spokesperson Anna Azzopardi said that “outright dismissal of these GWU proposals by some shows a lack of understanding of the world of work”. Azzopardi argued that trade unions are right when they complain about ‘free riders’ who enjoy their benefits of collective bargaining while they sit on the fence.

Cassola on Facebook said that the proposal is in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights. He referenced case law to substantiate his claim. Further the independent candidate slammed the proposal as a money-making scheme.

GWU's compulsory Union membership is a non-starter illegality The proposal by the GWU to oblige all employees to join…

Posted by Arnold Cassola on Thursday, August 22, 2019