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10th June 2019, 19:57

Budget 2019 represents significant progress for workers in Gibraltar, says Unite the union

Unite the Union has welcomed the Chief Minister’s Budget Speech, saying it represents a day of significant progress for workers in Gibraltar.

Apart from increasing minimum wage, Unite says Mr Picardo’s speech included a raft of positive announcements that meet the union’s fifteen point “manifesto for change”, presented to him after the agency workers demonstration in January.

Among the measures Unite has welcomed is: the commitment to parity for agency workers from day one of their engagement; the creation of a consultation group to review the use of zero hour contracts, and; the undoing of the public sector pay cap.

The union’s national officer Stuart Davies said Mr Picardo’s budget speech appears to have addressed the remaining 14 points on Unite’s manifesto. He said it represented a move towards a more progressive and fairer employment market.