After the agreement, the
GWU prepares for battle
The Government, namely Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami,
Investments Minister Austin Gatt, Social Policy Minister Lawrence Gonzi
and Attorney General Dr Anthony Borg Barthet yesterday presented a counter-protest
to the General Workers Union judicial protest in which the union
claimed a discrimination between workers in the choice of employees
for the new companies Malta Shipyard Ltd and Industrial
The GWU said the management of the Malta Drydocks and
the Malta Shipbuilding Co Ltd had allocated the workers not according
to the conditions laid down in the collective agreement and that an
arbitrary process had informed the allocation of workers.
The counter-protest stated that the 4 November 2003 agreement had already
stipulated that the workers chosen to work in either the MSL or the
IPSL had been assessed by the management of the Malta Drydocks and the
Malta Shipbuilding Co Ltd to ensure efficiency and future of the enterprises
according to reports by experts, amongst them Appledore.
The counter-protest states that both the MDD and MSCL were failed companies,
and that the government strove to safeguard all 2,600 employees from
both companies. Government said it had also safeguarded all workers
rights as according to law and that the GWU had agreed with this arrangement
and signed the agreement.
Government said the GWUs allegations that the managements
allocation of workers was discriminate were unfounded because the allocation
of workers had been informed by established criteria and according to
the exigencies of a restructured enterprise which can reach viability
whilst safeguarding these jobs.