Watch: PN urges promotion of teleworking in public and private sectors

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Nationalist Party urged the government to provide incentives for teleworking within the public and private sectors, arguing that it could prove to be beneficial far beyond addressing the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

At a press conference, MPs Claudette Buttigieg and Clyde Puli – who both form part of the party’s Covid-19 action team – argued that facilitating teleworking could prove beneficial to workers and employers alike, by providing increased flexibility and fewer expenses for families.

Puli argued that the government should launch initiatives to promote teleworking in the public sector and incentives to promote similar ones in the private sector.

He stressed that remote working did not only provide benefits in limiting the spread of a virus, but also various economic and environmental advantages, including by reducing traffic and emissions and reducing the need of physical space by companies.

However, Puli lamented, the government was yet to give teleworking the attention due.

Buttigieg criticised the government’s unexpected decision to withdraw a directive which promoted the use of teleworking, highlighting that in his speech on the Budget, Prime Minister Robert Abela betrayed ignorance of this fact, in contrast to ministers Chris Fearne and Julia Farrugia Portelli.

She highlighted other benefits to teleworking, including a better work-life balance and facilitating homeschooling as she called for the immediate reintroduction of the directive.