Gozitan workers crossing between the islands “lose 48 days a year”
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The social and economic realities which Gozitan employees that work in Malta encounter on a daily basis, were explained by representatives of The Association of Gozitan Employees in Malta, when they met with Dr Alfred Sant, Head of the Labour Delegation of the European Parliament.
According to Sean Zammit, “Gozitans crossing daily between the islands calculate they lose 48 days a year, apart from the rising costs in transportation, referring also to the high rise in rents in Malta.”
During the meeting it was also said that more than 7000 Gozitans work in Malta, 3000 in the private sector and 4000 in the public sector.
The Association’s members told Dr Sant that, “we are a minority within a minority. We would appreciate if you voice our concerns on a European level.”
Dr Sant invited the Association to launch a study on existing problems and transport expenses and propose their own solutions for the consideration of the competent authorities.
He added that together with other MEPs representing UE islands he proposed the implementation of projects for the consideration of the EC and that together with a Croatian MEP representing Croatian islands they convinced the Commission to finance a €12 million project for clean air in EU islands.
Association of Gozitan Employees in Malta’s aim it said, “is to safeguard, facilitate, and improve the rights, interests and working conditions of Gozitan employees working in Malta.”