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Trade unions

 

All employees have the option to be represented at work by a workers’ union. The responsibilities, privileges and obligation of the unions are regulated in the Employment and Industrial Relations Act (Cap 452). According to this act, all nationals including TCNs have equal access to membership and participation in trade union associations and work-related negotiation bodies.

Employees who face problems at their place can approach the union relevant to their industry to request help. There is a separate representative organisation for the protection of special cases such as disability and gender equality.

A trade union and an employers’ association shall, for all purposes of law, be treated as an association of persons and not as a body corporate, but amongst other items it shall have the capability of making contracts.

A list of trade unions and employers’ associations in Malta can be found here.






Last updated in June 2014.​