On Monday 3rd October 2022, the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) signed a new collective agreement covering up to the year 2025.
The collective agreement builds on the current framework of working conditions and continues to provide for flexible working hours and teleworking among others.
The Authority believes that work should be based on a set of targets and objectives that can be assessed and therefore leave room for its employees to plan and distribute the workload according to their exigencies when permitted.
This agreement is also providing MCCAA employees with the opportunity to invest in their careers by offering assistance for continuous professional development and opportunities to attend a number of courses on a regular basis, to further expand their educational skills and knowledge.
This agreement was signed between the MCCAA and the two main unions in Malta: the General Workers Union and the UHM-Voice of the Workers, following a series of talks and negotiations aimed at benefiting both the Authority and its taskforce.
Present for the signing of the collective agreement was Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer RightsJulia Farrugia Portelli.
Minister Farrugia Portelli described the agreement as reflecting the prosperity, well-being of the workers and the efficiency of the MCCAA’s operations. She continued, “This agreement celebrates every worker who is giving their working day to better serve the consumers at large. With a portfolio ranging from inspections, enforcement, toy testing, lifts, pesticides, and others, the MCCAA has continuously provided a service focused on the well-being of families.”
Ing. Helga Pizzuto, Chairperson of the Authority expressed her satisfaction that the agreement was concluded. She lauded all employees for their valuable contribution and hard work.
Both the GWU and UHM expressed satisfaction at the way the negotiations took place, while thanking all those who contributed to the agreement.
Also present for the signing of the agreement were Principal Permanent Secretary Tony Sultana, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (People and Standards) Joyce Cassar and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights Nancy Caruana.