President Launches National Trade Union Forum
National Trade Union Forum was launched last week by President Marie- Louise Coleiro Preca. A total of 22 unions, including the Malta Union of Bank Employees – MUBE, the Office of the President and the Centre for Labour Studies signed the terms of reference. The forum will launch an informative campaign, hold seminars and carry out scientific research to gauge public opinion on trade unions. At the forum, the trade unions will share experiences and seek collaboration through dialogue.
The members of the forum are:
- Airline Pilots Association Malta
- Association of Airline Engineers (Malta)
- Care Workers Union
- General Workers Union
- Ghaqda Professjonali tal-Korporazzjoni tas-Servizzi tal-Ilma
- Kamra tal-Ispizjara
- Lotto Receivers Union
- Malta Air Traffic Controllers Association
- Malta Dockers Union
- Malta Union of Bank Employees
- Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses
- Malta Union of Professional Psychologists
- Malta Union of Teachers
- Malta Union of Tourist Guides
- Malta Psyhchological Association
- Medical Association of Malta
- Union of Cabin Crew
- Union Haddiema Bank ?entrali
- Union Haddiema Mag?qudin
- Union Periti u Inginiera tas-Servizz Pubbliku
- Union tal-Professjonisti fl-Ambjent u l-Ippjanar
- University of Malta Academic Staff Association
In a statement issued on the day The Confederation of Malta Trade Unions – CMTU, of which MUBE is an affiliate, referred to the launch of the National Trade Union Forum by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca reaffirming its support to the initiative as this is also what the CMTU’s plan of action on trade union collaboration dictates.
The CMTU also said that while it will keep on insisting on a gradual approach to achieving unity amongst trade unions, it is imperative that a code of ethics is drawn up with enforcement measures clearly outlined as it is essential to continue working for a harmonious environment characterized by mutual respect and ethical trade union behaviour.
In this regard, CMTU hopes that Profs. Edward Zammit will continue with mediation whilst the Confederation is also pleased that H.E. Coleiro Preca’s initiative also has the full support of the Centre for Labour Studies.