UĦM said that it was forced to resort to industrial action at the Child Development Assessment Unit after the government refused to take measures to ensure the premises satisfied minimum requirements from a medical perspective and with respect to coronavirus mitigation measures.
The union sent its Right of Reply which Newsbook.com.mt is reproducing below following an article which highlighted the plight of parents of children with a disability having to resort to private clinics for therapy.
In its Right of Reply, the UĦM said it had requested a risk assessments in June. The request was not heeded to and instead the union had no option but to resort to industrial action.
Right of Reply
Reference is made to the story titled ‘Watch: Parents spending €600 a month on therapy; CRPD warns of long term effect’:
UHM Voice of the Workers was forced to resort to industrial action at the Child Development Assessment Unit after the government refused to take measures to ensure the premises satisfied minimum requirements from a medical perspective and with respect to Covid-19 mitigation measures.
Last June UHM requested a risk assessment on these two fronts, amid concerns the premises were not adequate for clinical services and to ensure that the necessary Covid-19 safeguards were in place. Such assurances were sought not only in the interest of the UHM members but also of the children who frequent the place. Unfortunately, the union’s request fell on deaf ears leaving no other option but industrial action.
While refuting claims that persons with special needs are being used as pawns in an industrial dispute, UHM takes this opportunity to appeal to the government to urgently address the issue in the interest of both its members and the patients. The Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disability will surely concur that there should be no compromise when taking measures to minimise exposure to Covid-19.