UĦM holds off on industrial action, for now

Miguela Xuereb

The UĦM Voice of the Workers said that it would be suspending its threat to call industrial action over the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in the wake of the latest measures announced in a bid to reverse a steep rise in cases reported over the past few weeks.

The union, which represents a significant number of healthcare workers, said that it would continue to monitor the situation to assess whether the measures would bring about the necessary changes.

The measures were announced after a lengthy meeting of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development, and the UĦM said that a number of the issues it had raised had been addressed, including restrictions on mass events, the obligatory use of face masks in various contexts – with the imposition of fines on rule breakers – as well as a pledge for stronger enforcement.

The union also said that the government accepted its request to set up a separate system to test frontline workers for Covid-19 to safeguard the health of workers and their patients alike.

It also asked that persons deemed to be vulnerable in the face of the pandemic should be provided with opportunities to work without endangering their lives.

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