“The better the working conditions, the more committed people can be to economic success.” – Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia at the International Labour Organisation Conference
“Social dialogue is an important driving force behind successful economic and social reforms”, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia said while addressing the 106th International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference at the United Nations General Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The ILO conference brought together governments, employers, and employees’ representatives dedicated to enhancing decent working conditions, particularly addressing existing inequalities in the labour market.
In his address, Dr Farrugia stated that improved working conditions enhance business efficiency and productivity, consequently boosting competitiveness. “As social progress and economic prosperity are dependent on one another, the aim should be to achieve both”, Dr Farrugia said.
With specific reference to Malta’s economic success, he said that bold decisions, including reducing taxes, boosting investment, removing bureaucratic hurdles, and introducing measures to make industry more competitive on a global level, as well as the creation of an inclusive labour market, contributed to Malta’s economic growth and low unemployment.
Leveraging opportunities to all people through investment in training, education, adequate working conditions, security, and family-friendly measures are premised on the recognition of human dignity. “If we are to secure sustainable economies, we need to ensure that nobody is left behind. I call this ethical leadership”, said Dr Farrugia.
In his concluding remarks, Dr Farrugia mentioned the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, noting that Malta prides itself on rewarding work and promoting scientifically studied incentives that improve the financial package of low-income earners.
Today’s conference in Geneva was the Parliamentary Secretary’s first official engagement representing the Maltese government abroad. Dr Farrugia was accompanied by Malta’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva, Mr. Olaph Terribile.