During a Labour Party event in Gozo, MEP candidate Clint Azzopardi Flores called the Opposition “classist” for using the term “cheap labour” when discussing the state of the Maltese economy.
Azzopardi Flores said that classifying a worker using the word cheap labour is “populist” and “ultra-rightist”.
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“I genuinely hope that workers like my parents would not have been viewed as cheap labour,” he said, adding that this also applies to many other Maltese individuals who do manual labour, he continued.
He went on to say that “while it is important to regularise who enters the country,” we cannot label people as “cheap”.
“This is why I am here with my family – the socialists,” he continued. “Us socialists don’t consider anyone cheap.”
During the Nationalist Party’s general council last December, Opposition leader Bernard Grech said that the Nationalist party wants to steer the country away from dependence on “cheap labour” and towards one based on high-value jobs.
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