Is the worker free to choose whether to work on a holiday or not? Is it truly a free choice? And if a worker feels the need to work on a holiday to earn double instead of taking a day off, what does this suggest about the cost of living?
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.
Picking up rubbish can be perceived differently depending on the circumstances… and skin colour of those doing the cleaning.
To find out more about the state of solidarity between workers of different ethnicity and their working conditions, I paid a visit to a private company which employs a large number of individuals from all over the world.
Recent developments in Malta’s economy and society are facilitating the emergence of a new—individualistic—work culture. Solidarity with fellow workers is being replaced by status awareness, individualism and prioritising of promotion prospects.
European Union has everything to gain by showing it’s on the side of workers, improving their everyday workplace experience, and fostering collaboration with others; by doing this, the EU would do much to lessen the alienation currently exploited by the populist right.
To win its battle of Britain, the EU must undergo a process to regain trust of the Brexit voters so that they will advocate Britain to rejoin the EU for the very same reasons that led them to pin their hopes to it some 30 years ago.