17 December 2003

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GWU Drydocks secretary resigns

General Workers’ Union Construction and Metal Section Secretary Alfred Cassar resigned yesterday following what appears to have been a dispute with his fellow section council members.
According to reports, Mr Cassar was yesterday threatened with the ultimatum that either he resign or the entire board would make the move themselves.
The resignation follows hot on the heels of the historic Drydocks agreement that was signed between the GWU and the government,.
The resignation also came at a time when over 300 workers who were posted to the newly formed Industrial Projects and Services Ltd company presented their case in front of the Industrial Tribunal claiming discrimination in the way they had been selected to form part of the fledgling company.
Mr Cassar and the council members of the section have reached a consensus with the agreement reached with government, with no dissent being noted at the time.
However, certain pending issues related to the agreement have caused concern among workers, which had led to confrontational protests last week.

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