The General Workers’ Union yesterday started a series of visits to workplaces as part of the celebrations commemorating the 80th anniversary of its establishment. The first visit by the central administration was to the Armed Forces of Malta at the Luqa Barracks where it was welcomed by the Commander-in-Chief, Clinton O’Neill and the Deputy Commander Edric Zahra.
The central administration of the GWU was composed of the General Secretary Josef Bugeja, the President Victor Carachi and the Deputy General Secretary Kevin Camilleri. Since the soldiers are partners in the GWU, the Secretary responsible for them, Theo Vella, was also present.
In his comments, Mr. Bugeja stated that the army is very dear to the GWU as it is one of the most important strategic groups in its work. He referred to the right for the workers of the disciplined forces to join a union of their choice and even the strengthening of their conditions through historical collective agreements reached. He also mentioned that the GWU has taken care to have specialized sections that better focus on various sectors.
For his part, the Commander-in-Chief of the FAM, Clinton O’Neill, reiterated that the army has a vision that must be fulfilled and is currently working on a new collective agreement from which all workers will benefit.