Industrial action by social welfare employees ‘risks getting worse’

Times of Malta Sarah Carabott

The Foundation for Social Welfare Services embraces care agencies Appoġġ and Sedqa. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

The week-long industrial action by social welfare service employees would escalate if no progress was registered in collective agreement talks by next week, the Times of Malta was told. The UĦM Voice of the Workers on Monday ordered members at the Foundation for Social Welfare Services to follow directives that included refusing to use means of communication and not to participate in multidisciplinary meetings. These meetings bring together vulnerable clients and professionals such as social workers and psychologists. The UĦM’s Isabelle Farrugia said the union last heard from the foundation last week and there had not been any developments since. She said workers were following the directives issued, which do not apply to emergency cases, and the industrial action was “effective”. Industrial action would escalate next week should the situation remain unchanged, Ms Farrugia warned. Service users said they were worried with the industrial action though they appreciated the pressure social workers were under. One user said she was concerned as, unlike the teachers’ strike, which would just see students get a day off at school, industrial action by social welfare service providers...

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