MEA warns that the Public Sector is Setting Dangerous Precedent / Malta News Briefing – Monday 13 June 2022

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MEA warns that the Public Sector is Setting Dangerous Precedent: The Malta Employers Association stated that the public sector is setting dangerous precedents which could destabilise industrial relations and raise public expenditure to unsustainable levels. In a statement, it said that the news that as part of a pre-electoral deal, government has conceded uncapped pensions to consultants is going to send ripples across other grades, and potentially spill over to the private sector as employees will feel as being treated unequally compared to some public sector employees. The employers body also lamented the relocation of Air Malta employees to the public sector, describing as “unbelievable” the the promise to such employees that they will retain their working conditions at Air Malta is unbelievable.

Employment climbs further: According to Jobsplus data, registered full-time employment climbed by 4.6 percent in January, while part-time work as a primary job increased by 6%. According to the National Statistics Office, the labour supply (excluding part-timers) grew by 3.9 percent in January over the previous year, reaching 245,726. With 1,517 and 1,304 new jobs, respectively, the accommodation and food services industry and the construction industry had the most growth in employment.  The number of people working full-time in the private sector increased by 10,010 to 193,130. The number of people employed full-time in the public sector grew by 756 to 51,479.

Morning Briefing

Bernard Grech distances itself from Giglio’s Efimova comments

Opposition leader Bernard Grech distanced himself from Shadow Justice Minister Joe Giglio who had expressed doubts about the credibility of whistleblower Maria Efimova, adding that these comments do not reflect the party’s position. Joe Giglio said he has “serious reservations” about Efimova, stressing she is “a person who manipulates facts”. “What was said yesterday (Saturday) morning does not reflect the party’s position. Bernard Grech and the Nationalist Party believe and want the whole truth to come out,” Grech said. (Times of Malta)

Covid-19 Update: Health authorities reported 142 new cases of Covid-19 as another patient passed away while positive for the virus. 73 persons recovered, with the active case tally increasing to 1,755.

Restaurants report better sales

A survey by the Association of Catering Establishments (ACE) has shown positivity in the restaurant sector, which is recovering substantially after the outbreak of the pandemic. 65% of those surveyed said that sales between January and May were better than they were in 2020, during the first year of the pandemic, while 73% reported more sales than last year. (TVM)

Covid-19 Update:
Malta reported 153 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. With 79 recoveries the number of known active cases stands at 1,687. Two new deaths were recorded over the past 24-hour period, with the national death toll since the start of the pandemic standing at 726 according to the data published online by the Superintendence of Public Health.

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