Call has been extended to Friday, 13th April, 2018.
1. Organisational Background
The General Workers' Union (GWU) is Malta’s largest trade union with over 46,000 members in every type of workplace. Founded on the 05th of October 1943 it is the largest trade union in Malta and its foundation date is celebrated until today as Union Day.
The GWU's strength lies in its diverse membership coming from all the sectors of the Maltese economy. It organises in its folds more than 54 per cent of the organised labour force levelling 35 per cent of the gainfully occupied.
2. Aim of the Call
The trainers will deliver training to Union Representatives on the Shop Floor (URSF) as per curriculum of the Award in Industrial Relations (4 ECTS). The trainers will provide six (6) cycles of training till the end of the third quarter of 2020. Two cycles will be carried out each year and each cycle will be composed of two separate classes with a minimum of fifteen (15) participants per class. The project is an EU co funded project entitled ESF.PA4.0076 – Improving General Workers' Union Capacity for Better Social Dialogue.
3. Aims of the project ESF.PA4.0076
Although in Malta research on the relationship between social dialogue and working conditions is very scant, it has been a topical issue in the ongoing debate related to the labour market. Institutionally, the mechanisms of social dialogue at national level are all in place and all functioning. Social partners are being given the opportunity to voice their concerns and discuss with the Government on policies which effect workers directly. By and large, the social partners including trade unions, although on various occasions have expressed strong reservations about the operations of this mechanism, are aware of the need of social dialogue. Their criticism is directed at improving the effectiveness of the mechanism rather than dismantling it. Based on this assertion it may be claimed that one of the country’s needs is to improve the impact of the mechanism of social dialogue and one of the ways this can be achieved is by strengthening the capacity of social partners such as trade unions.
This is exactly what the proposed project seeks to achieve. The needs of the country are in line with the needs of the Union which also believes that it should consolidate its capacity in order to be in a better position to represent workers and participate in social dialogue both at national and European levels. Therefore the needs of the country and those of the Union point to the same direction, that is, the need to better the quality of social dialogue.
The Union Representatives on the Shop Floor (URSF) lack the skills and knowledge of how to be effective when it comes to negotiating agreements, representing views and make good use the necessary tools available to present valid arguments that may bring about change. All this may be said to be in line with OP II which also states that ''Government believes that further investment is essential for social partners and civil society bodies to develop the necessary socio-economic technical expertise and capacity. Therefore, the envisaged investment will equip pertinent stakeholders to participate in the social dialogue process and to actively contribute towards the formulation of policies both at a national and at a European level.''
A lacuna exists on the knowledge of the law and the legal frameworks within which they need to operate, and the skills to be able to act effectively according to their mandate. This will in turn impact the quality of social dialogue that the GWU can create on ESF related policy areas. Due to the direct communication between URSF and the Union, the GWU obtains important information about the concerns of employees and the measures that need to be taken in order to better the relationship between employer and employee. The trainers will be in charge of delivering the training to the participants as per course curriculum.
4 Terms of Reference
i) Deliver Training in Award in Industrial relations (4 ECTS) to participants identified by the GWU;
ii) Maintain attendance sheets which include the GWU logos together with the logos listed in the EU Funds for Malta 2014-2020;
iii) Provide individual and collective feedback;
iv) Assess participants during and on completion of the training;
v) Certify successful participants;
vi) Evaluate the training programme provided by the educational institution (Reggie Miller Foundation) within the GWU. The hours of total learning of the said training programme is divided as follows:
Supervised Practice Hours12.
vii) Collect evaluation sheets from the participants and forward them to the project leader.
b. Assumptions Underlying the Project Intervention
It is possible that the number of participants invited to attend for any of the training programmes will increase and or decrease according to demand. The programme will start will start in the second quarter of this year. The training venue and facilities will be provided by the GWU.
c. Location and Timing
The training will be held in Malta at the Reggie Miller Foundation, GWU, Workers' Memorial Building, South street, Valletta in the training rooms or in another training room that is provided by the GWU. All training is to be undertaken at a time that is considered by top management as appropriate to the target group involved. This may be within and/or outside office hours.
d. Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring visits shall be conducted by the GWU’s personnel to ensure that the training being delivered meets the objectives and learning outcomes, as well as that the delivery of training is of a high quality. Checks to be performed by the GWU’s personnel will take place at the training venue during training delivery. Checks carried out at the training venue will include, but not exclusively, the quality of training delivery, adherence to the agreed course schedule, quality of training material and proper use and upkeep of documentation, such as attendance sheets, publicity requirements and related documentation.
e. Termination of Contract
In the event that following the checks or during the administration of the course a number of irregularities are identified by the GWU’s personnel, the GWU shall, at its discretion, impose a penalty depending on the severity and frequency of such irregularities. Should irregularities persist, the GWU reserves the right to terminate the contract for service.
5. Instructions to Applicants
Applicants are to duly submit a curriculum vitae together with a covering letter by the 05th of April 2018, midday. Documents may be submitted to the following address:
Mr Kendrick Bondin
Project Leader ESF.PA4.0076
General Workers' Union
Workers' Memorial Building, South street,
Valletta, VLT 1103, Malta
6. Eligibility Criteria
In order to be considered as eligible, applicants must provide evidence that they meet or exceed certain minimum eligibility criteria described hereunder:
The prospective applicants should be in possession of at least a University Degree or equivalent at MQF level six (6) in employment related subjects such as but not limited to industrial/employee relations and/or human resources or comparable degrees/professional qualifications as recognised by the MQRIC or other applicable awarding body. They also need to be fluent in Maltese and/or English and possess the necessary communication and presentation skills to perform the activity assigned. The course will be divided into three modules: The Labour Market, Industrial Relations, Intra-Personal and Occupational Skills
7. Selection Criteria
The trainers should be in possession of at least a University Degree or equivalent at MQF level 6 in an area analogous to the course or comparable degrees/professional qualifications as recognised by the MQRIC or other applicable awarding body. They also need to be fluent in Maltese and/or English and possess the necessary communication and presentation skills to perform the activity assigned.
8. Payment Terms
Trainers will be paid on completion of each cycle according to the hours worked, which include the contact hours and assessment hours of the course. Each trainer engaged through this call will be asked to sign a contract.
9. Intellectual Property Rights
The intellectual property rights of all documentation and tools developed as deliverables of this project shall belong exclusively to the GWU.
10. The Period of Execution
The period of execution is from the second quarter of 2018 till the end of the third quarter of 2020.
Further to the above provisions, feedback reports written in English of a professional standard have to be submitted both in electronic Word (*.doc) format and 2 securely-bound hard copies. Interim reports must be submitted within 10 working days after each cycle held (in total six cycles). Reports are to be submitted to the Project Leader stating details of course held, attendees and progress registered in the course. Each interim report shall accompany the invoice related to the interim payment.