UĦM hits out at MEA over idle public servants salary reduction proposal

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Miguela Xuereb

UĦM – Voices of the Workers has hit out at the Malta Employers’ Association proposal in which it was suggested that idle public servants should have their salary docked.

In a statement on Friday, the UĦM said it was categorically against the proposal and explained that it would not accept the reduction of salaries or allowances of public servants when they were either teleworking or continued to work from office. The union said that once these public sector employees were carrying out their duties, there should not be a decrease in salary.

The union stressed that the public sector was the backbone of the country’s economy and their work was necessary for the functioning of the country.

UĦM said it could not understand MEA’s logic when putting forward such a proposal since lack of money means lack of disposable income and commerce which would result in having a negative impact on the latter’s members.

The union questioned why the employers’ association was vocal on the interests of employees rather than its members.

Despite issuing a statement to clarify its initial proposals, the MEA failed to define what it meant by “idle”, the union added.

The UĦM said that it would like to know who were the businessmen in the private sector who made thousands in income and had accepted to take only a social wage before reducing the pay of any of their workers.

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