Harry Vassallo addresses UHM General
Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson Dr Harry Vassallo was guest speaker
at the close of the General Council of the Union Haddiema Maqghudin.
In his address, Dr Vassallo commented, "The report on EU accession
prepared by the UHM is a service not only to UHM members but to the
whole community. The EU accession process has created the need for data
gathering and made us all look afresh at our reality."
"AD has worked in parallel with UHM in resisting the application
of transitory periods with regard to EU directives which will significantly
improve working conditions and labour safety. It will continue to insist
on their early implementation."
"The spectacular growth in environmental awareness in recent months
is the fruit of data gathering which revealed an alarmining environmental
situation. This is a reality which is of direct interest to all unions
as the challenge of our time. Early death and chronic disease, apart
from being human tragedies, threaten the country's productive capability.
It is a challenge for all of us".
Dr Vassallo also said that AD fully supports reforms in the Conditions
of Employment Relations Act (CERA), which has not been reformed for
the past 50 years. "We support Unions in their plight for the guarantee
of workers' rights."