The Nationalist Party this morning did not attend the launch of the government’s new employment policy after it was not consulted on the matter.
Finance Minister Clyde Caruana this morning launched the policy which was drawn up following consultation with 270 employers covering 400 businesses, as well as the Malta Council for Social and Economic Development and representatives of foreign workers in Malta.
A telephone survey was also conducted among 4,000 people, but despite the widespread consultation, no discussions were held with the PN.
“The Opposition wishes to express its great disappointment at the fact that the government, through the Finance Ministry, did not put the national interest first and went back on its word to consult with the Opposition,” the party said through its enterprise spokesperson Jason Azzopardi.
It added that the Opposition had accepted an invitation by the ministry back in January but had not heard back since.
“The government which supposedly listens could not bring itself to consult with the Opposition on a matter of such importance,” the PN said, pointing the finger at Caruana, who it described as the brains behind Malta’s “importation of hundreds of foreign workers”.
“It was a priority for Caruana to build an economy based on cheap labour, precarious conditions and a soulless economy where workers are considered to be objects and not human beings, where abuse has become the norm.”
The PN said that Caruana was afraid of consulting with it, adding that it was for this reason that it had decided not to attend today’s launch. “Minister Caruana says one thing but then does another.”
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