Fabian Demicoli

GRTU President expresses support for the UHM Jobs+ Policy Report


Social partners and the heads of all three political
parties have this week signed a declaration of intent towards pursuing active
labour market policies as outlined by UHM's Jobs+ policy report. The report notes that just 0.15 per cent of Malta's GDP
is currently spent on policies aimed at expanding the workforce and ensuring
workers are highly skilled and employable.

It looks at how to entice more people
into work while ensuring employees are highly skilled. UHM secretary general Josef Vella warned partners that
although the existing consensus was encouraging, social partners faced a hard
slog. "This is just the beginning, and I foresee many disagreements in the
months to come. But we must continue to work towards consensual policies,"
he said.

It is predicted that new graduates, new women workers
and an increase in those carrying on their work beyond their pensionable age
would mean 25,000 new jobs would be needed over the next five years.

GRTU President Paul Abela emphasized that MCESD 
cannot act as a goal post where social partners are there to catch whatever
Government throws at them and react. MCESD is capable for much more, MCESD can
be proactive and place suggestions on the table itself.

UHM
had already met with GRTU during which meeting GRTU showed its support to the
UHM proposal.

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