The Water Services Corporation engaged 222 workers in the three months prior to the election, 177 of whom were multi-skilled fitters.
Replying a parliamentary question by MP Jason Azzopardi, Water Minister Joe Mizzi said that the workers had all been engaged in line with regulations for civil service.
The Sunday Times of Malta had revealed on March 19 that about 150 prospective employees, the majority residing in Fgura, Paola, Sta Lucija and Tarxien – Konrad Mizzi’s electoral district – had received letters from the WSC informing them that they had been selected to start working at the government entity as fitters.
The Malta Employers’ Association had expressed concern about the engagement, saying it was "doubtful that these persons would be productively employed”.
The prime minister had defended the engagement, saying that they were filling vacancies resulting from natural wastage.