Leave patients out
The MUMN nurses union, led by Paul Pace, issued its own ultimatum on Monday for industrial action unless the government calls off all mass events, and to give nurses in quarantine all Sunday party allowances , meal allowances for health workers in homes for the elderly and others. institutions, compensation for healthcare workers in 12-hour shifts with 12 additional hours of vacation, guaranteed alimony for nurses if schools are closed again and the employment of all third-country nationals to cope to a current shortage of nurses.
Pace warned that failure to comply with these demands will lead to industrial action which will start from tomorrow (Monday). And that will mean that nurses will be asked not to wash patients, not to help patients from a chair to a bed and vice versa, not to accompany patients to x-rays and to theaters, and restrictions on paperwork for nurses to complete. .
Physiotherapists have also been instructed not to see more than three patients face to face per day and no new patients will be seen and home visits will not be made. ECG technicians will not perform ECGs ordered by outpatient departments. The MUMN also decreed that four theaters in Mater Dei should be used for emergency purposes only and that any elective surgery should be stopped or performed without nurses. And finally, no bloodshed and no plaster cast will be performed in primary health care centers.
Now Paul Pace is reproducing the spirit of other union leaders who believe they have a right to pressure the government by placing hundreds of sick and sick patients in more pain and misery.
The government’s reckless decision to open mass events has been reconsidered; but Paul Pace is clear that he will use his muscles and put patients through
misery to advance government policy. All of this can be made possible, according to Pace, at the expense of sick patients. So patients who are immobile, suffering from pressure sores, incontinence, and more, will be pawns in the hands of a man who thinks he has a God-given right to play roulette with a patient’s life. .
If I hadn’t worked in the hospital for three years of my life, in addition to spending the last few years visiting so many critically ill relatives, I might have been spared from talking. There are many, many dedicated nurses and very conscientious paramedics, but there are also some who are not. Paul Pace knows that an identifiable group of younger nurses and paramedics actively participated in mass social events: they cared little about social distancing and took unacceptable risks to the demands of their jobs. The same goes for some people who are social workers and other allied professions.
And yet, Paul Pace has no say in this irresponsible behavior. If Pace wants to start a war with Chris Fearne and Robert Abela, he’s free to do so. He is definitely right about mass events. But he should leave the patients out of it. To punish them in the name of justified industrial action would be quite simply criminal.
In addition to the threat of industrial action from Paul Pace, ALPA has announced that it will take industrial action because discussions on their collective agreement are blocked.
Every union has a person at the top who suffers from delusions of greatness. In the case of ALPA, that man is Dominic Azzopardi. Like Pace, Azzopardi also suffers from poor self-entitlement and is in serious need of a reality check. With a very small number of travelers, airlines at breaking point and a plummeting economy, Azzopardi thinks it’s wise to talk about revising the collective agreement. This is the same man who wouldn’t agree to all Air Malta pilots staying on board with reduced pay during the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Somehow, it seems no one has reported to ALPA members what is going on overseas. In April, British Airways announced it would cut up to 12,000 jobs out of its 42,000 employees due to the devastating impact of the coronavirus on the travel industry. Low-cost airline EasyJet said 30% of its workforce would be downsized, representing around 4,500 jobs. Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will cut more than 3,000 jobs in the UK and shut down operations at Gatwick Airport. Low-cost airline Ryanair has said it will cut 15% of its workforce globally, or around 3,000 jobs. German airline Lufthansa has said it will cut 22,000 jobs due to travel disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Scandinavia Airlines (SAS), partly owned by Sweden and Denmark, said a potential workforce reduction would be spread with around 1,900 positions in Sweden, 1,300 in Norway and 1,700 in Denmark.
I could go on – even airlines from very wealthy countries like Qatar and the Emirates have made their cuts.
My question is very simple. Are unions like ALPA even in touch with reality? The economic crisis we find ourselves in will only get worse, not better. Making demands that can never be met will only make things worse for everyone.
As the government deals with its own problems with no easy solution in sight, the NP is entering its worst period.
Adrian Delia implored the councilors who will vote on the way forward, that he has sacrificed everything and should have a chance.
However, while he might be right to claim that he really gave his all to the party, there is no doubt that he has no chance in his lifetime or otherwise of getting the NP to pass to the party. – beyond the lobby of the party HQ. And even that seems like an impossible challenge with the feud between its heavyweights and rebel MPs.
Delia’s obsession with staying at all costs will only continue to hurt the party. He hangs on for reasons known only to him, which can only be interpreted as an obsession with not giving in to pressure.
The fear is that when this civil war ends, the NP may never be able to fend for itself again.