A hundred years later, Sette Giugno events hit close to home. The blatant speculation and unfettered market practices that led to the spike in food prices in 1919 resemble untamed profiteering in Malta’s housing and labour markets in 2019.
The asylum applicants are met with two contradictory demands: to be traumatised and persecuted enough to be recognised as refugees, and to be physically and emotionally fit in order to contribute to the host country’s economy.
We were given time-consuming tasks to complete over the holidays, including the organization of Spring’s student orientation. Little did we know that in the meantime, Sadeen put out several ads on LinkedIn and elsewhere in search for new staff to replace us.
“There is nobody willing to listen to people like me. Nobody represents our interests anymore. The Labour Party has vanished.”
“The Maltese workers were also paid more. The Maltese waiting personnel could even set their own conditions and ask for a certain hourly rate and these conditions were met.”