Give Healthcare Workers Hazard Pay!

Give Healthcare Workers Hazard Pay!

01 Feb 2022
As we’re progressing through the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Volt believes that healthcare workers who have helped sustain the healthcare sys

As we’re progressing through the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Volt believes that healthcare workers who have helped sustain the healthcare system through all the waves experienced thus far have not been shown enough appreciation.

‘‘It is well known that there’s currently a shortage of healthcare workers in Malta, and in spite of that they have done a remarkable job - since before there was the vaccine and throughout each variant that reaches our shores’’ notes Alexia DeBono, Co-President of Volt Malta.

Volt is proposing a hazard pay rise for healthcare workers in 3 ways. For those who have been working for 1-12 months during the pandemic, a supplement of 5% on their salary is given, and for those who have been working more than 12 months, that supplement goes up to 10%, until the end of the pandemic.

‘‘We must also acknowledge not just their current work, but also past work. Therefore, we are also proposing that healthcare workers who have already been working during the pandemic, will receive a grant based on the same calculation starting from March 2020. So if they have worked for 2 years during the pandemic, the healthcare workers would receive a grant equivalent to 5% of their income of the first 12 months, and then 10% of their income of the following month.’’ added Kassandra Mallia, Candidate & Vice-President of Volt Malta

‘’This would also be given to students who in the final year of their medical degree were called up to help fight the pandemic. ‘‘ - Arnas Lasys, Co-President of Volt Malta

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