Letters | Sunday, 17 May 2009
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Open letter to the Freeport’s management

We are disappointed with the way you are treating the trade-union recognition issue within your premises. We understand that a favourable climate exists for such deeds to be permitted. The latter is due to the fact that the Government has chosen to embark on policies which make the market at the centre of its attention and the worker at their peripheries. Also due to the fact that the Director of Industrial Relations and Employment, Dr. Noel Vella, decided to use a union recognition system which is not European and democratic in its nature, and resembles a farce in its style.
We are disgusted regarding the way three workers participating in the minor industrial actions instructed to them, were suspended from their job. This managerial style is not just, and is also not welcomed from our part. We request you to change it by starting to recognise trade unions as one of your precious partners.
The million euro garnishee order imposed on the GWU is tantamount to arrogance. Fortunately for every “them” there is an “us”, and this is why there were many unions located abroad who were ready to give their support to the Maltese national interest. When rough actions are applied by the employer, strong reactions then follow by those who feel the impact. The way you treat the workers and their unions, is the same way with which they will reciprocate. You can only reap what you sow!
The notion that the main aim for which a company should be managed is that of constantly maximising profits to its shareholders, is wholly incorrect. This led to most of the companies’ managers to forget their real resources as being the workers themselves. Hope that you will be the next in line to follow those who realised this, and act upon!


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