07 July 2004

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GWU calls for ‘urgent’ MCESD meeting

The General Workers’ Union yesterday called on the chairman of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development to hold an urgent meeting in the wake of what it called the government’s unilateral and arbitrary financial decisions.
Referring to the Prime Minister’s plan presented to the European Union to curb the country’s deficit, the GWU expressed its concerns regarding the way the government was planning financial matters all on its own.
GWU Secretary General Tony Zarb wrote to the MCESD chairman to convene the council as urgently as possible in the presence of the Prime Minister.
“We want to be informed about the government’s direction agreed upon with the EU as well as about the tough decisions the government bound itself to take,” Zarb wrote.
The union said the meeting was important not only because the MCESD was being sidelined, but the government was also “eradicating the concept of social dialogue.”
The union said that despite the fact that social partners had been discussing upcoming reforms to reach some form of agreement for a long time, the government was now committing itself with the EU, behind the back of social partners to implement measures that will be detrimental to workers and to their families.

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