Sociologist, local councillor, activist from Malta

Monday, March 02, 2009

Discouragement Amongst Ageing Workers in Malta within an EU Context

Maria Brown and myself have co-authored the paper with the title above, that has appeared in published in Brill’s academic peer-reviewed journal "Societies Without Borders", Vol. 4, No. 1, pp.45-60.

This paper investigates perceptions of unemployed ageing workers in Malta, in relation to disadvantages in the labour market and to discouragement with regard to chances of finding stable employment. The principal results are that educational level and number of breadwinners in one’s household significantly affect perceptions; and that there are cases manifesting the ‘discouraged worker effect’, even though they are still registering to find employment. This paper concludes that the struggle for productive employment requires mass representation of trade unions, which, in turn, require the construction of alliances to widen their appeal.

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