Press Releases

MEA backs Air Malta - claims Industrial Action by the Association of Airline Operations Controllers (AAOC) is illegal, issued on 6 July 2017

The Malta Employers’ Association has condemned the industrial action ordered by the Association of Airline Operations Controllers, and stated that the action goes against the provisions of Legal Notice  413 of 2016 on recognition of Trade Unions. read more »

International Labour Conference 2017 - Address by Mr Joseph Farrugia, Employers' Delegate - Malta

Read Mr Joseph Farrugia's address at the 106th of the International Labour Conference.

MEA congratules the Labour Party, issued on 13 June 2017

MEA congratulates the Labour Party for winning the recent election.  read more »

The MEA wins the 2017 NESA Award, issued on 26 May 2017

The MEA is the winner of this year's NESA through its project: The Maltese Business Story.  read more »

MPs should not hold Positions of Trust - MEA, issued on 19 May 2017

The MEA appealed to all political parties to commit themselves, once elected, not to appoint MPs as chairpersons or in positions of trust.  read more »

MEA alarmed in face of a National Crises, issued on 23 April 2017

The MEA is alarmed at the extensive media reports that are constantly emerging, and accumulating, tarnishing Malta's reputation as a respected EU centre for financial services.   read more »

'Budget surplus a positive development, if sustained' - MEA, issued on 3 April 2017

The MEA welcomed the news that the government has managed to achieve a surplus in its budget.  read more »

MEA voices concern about employment at Water Services Corporation, issued on 22 March 2017

The MEA voiced its concern about the engagement of 150 fitters at WSC, stating that while it is doubtful that these persons will be productively employed within the WSC, many of them will have been attracted to WSC from the private sector, as there are hardly any fitters on the unemployment line.  read more »

Ms Dolores Sammut Bonnici is the new President of the Malta Employers' Association, issued on 20 March 2017

Following the AGM of the MEA, Ms Dolores Sammut Bonnici has been appointed as the new President for MEA.  read more »

MEA Annual General Meeting - President's Address, issued on 28th February 2017

Today the MEA held its 52nd Annual General Meeting when the performance of the Association was reviewed by the outgoing President, Mr Arthur Muscat, and the Director General, Mr Joseph Farrugia.   read more »

MEA: Employers will not be treated as Second Class Citizens, issued on 13 December 2016

The MEA expressed serious concerns about the Human Rights and the Equality Commission Act 2015, and the Equality Act 2015.  read more »

Employer Organisations call for caution over raising the Minimum Wage, issued on 1 November 2016

Malta’s private sector organisations represented on MCESD (MEA, Malta Chamber, and GRTU) jointly express their concern on the direction taken with regard to discussions on poverty and the minimum wage.  read more »

A Budget aimed at Relieving the Lower Classes - MEA, issued on 18 October 2016

The MEA stated that the main thrust of the national budget 2017 is to alleviate the hardships faced by low income segments, namely single parent families, pensioners and minimum wage earners without adding substantial burdens on employers. read more »

MEA's Proposals for National Budget 2017, issued on 26 August 2016

The major macro-economic indicators for the Maltese economy are positive and clearly above the EU average. Real GDP growth is expected to be in excess of 4.1% this year, unemployment is at a record low of 5.1%, and the labour activity rate has also increased. read more »

Air Malta & Industrial Action, issued on 8 August 2016

The MEA has absolutely no objection to the recent Court ruling confirming Unions’ right to strike, that is guaranteed by the Constitution. read more »

Freeport Issue should not be Politicised – MEA, issued on 5 August 2016

The Malta Employers’ Association called for a political consensus concerning the operation of the Malta Freeport, one of the country’s major employers which has established Malta as a major logistical hub in the Mediterranean. read more »

International Labour Conference 2016 - Address by Mr Joseph Farrugia, Employers' Delegate - Malta

Read Mr Joseph Farrugia's address at the 105th of the International Labour Conference.

Employers are not being refunded Maternity Leave benefits - MEA, issued on 11 May 2016

The MEA is urging government to refund employers the maternity leave benefits that they are due from the Maternity Leave Trust Fund.  read more  »

MEA makes recommendations for a faster processing of Applications to Employ Third Country Nationals in Malta, issued on 21 April 2016

Following a well-attended seminar about the employment of foreign workers on the 16th March 2016, which involved the participation of officials from the Employment and Training Corporation, Identity Malta and the Police Department, the Malta Employers’ Association drew up a position paper with recommendations on how to expedite applications for third country nationals to work in Malta. read more  »

'The Reputation of the Financial Services Sector is being compromised' - MEA, issued on 6 April 2016

The MEA expressed its concern about the impact that the crisis of governance is having on Malta's reputation as a financial services destination.  read more  »

Court recommendations to reinstate of Gozo Channel Employees is 'ridiculous and unprecedented' - MEA, issued on 18 March 2016

The court sentence which has ordered a reinstatement of two Gozo Channel employees found guilty of stealing from their employer is ridiculous and unprecedented.  read more  »

MEA highlights the importance of good governance and fast settlement of libel cases, issued on 9 March 2016

The MEA stated that corruption and unaddressed hints of corruption, undermine trust in the country's leaders' ability and willingness to guarantee a sound level of good governance.  read more  »

Industrial Tribunal now paralysed - MEA, issued on 12 February 2016

The MEA is very concerned about the effect of the decisions of the Court of Appeal confirming the two June 2015 judgements on the unconstitutionality of the manner in which the Industrial Tribunal is constituted and operates.  read more  »

MEA becomes a member of BUSINESSMED, issued on 9 December 2015

The MEA has become a member of BUSINESSMED.  read more  »

ETC's erroneous implementation of Legislation discourages employment of persons with disability, issued on 4 December 2015

Following an involvement of the ETC, Government, as part of its 2014 Budget deliberations, proceeded to introduce amendments to the Laws of Malta concerning the quotas of employment of persons with disability.  read more  » 

MEA awarded special recognition at the European Enterprise Awards ceremony in Luxembourg, issued on 20 November 2015

It was an exciting evening for the MEA during the European Enterprise Awards ceremony which was held in Luxembourg on the 19 November.  read more  »

MEA inaugurates New Premises, issued on 26 October 2015

The MEA is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year through a series of activities that signify the importance of the event as a reflection of the evolution of 50 years of industrial relations in Malta, through a period of rapid economic and social transformation.  read more  »

MEA: Economy heading towards a Balanced Budget, issued on 12 October 2015

The MEA stated that the budget is a reflection of positive developments in the Maltese economy.  read more  »

The Employability Index - An Indispensable Labour Market Tool, issued on 5 October 2015

The MEA declared that the launch of the Employability Index is a very positive step in guiding students to make informed choices about the employability aspects of the different courses available at tertiary level in Malta. read more  »

MEA calls for the implementation of an SME test for all regulations and legislation, issued on 29 September 2015

In an address during a business breakfast organised by MEA as part of the SME Week, Mr Arthur Muscat, President of the MEA, urged government to implement the idea of an SME test which would read more  »

MEA meets EU Commissioner Bienkovska, issued on 25 September 2015

On the initiative of the Hon. Miriam Dalli MEP, a seminar was organised with the topic: "Maltese Micro Enterprises - How to thrive in an EU Environment" at the MCC on 24 September 2015.  read more  »

MUT should not misinterpret Regulations on Probation, issued on 18 September 2015

The MEA stated that probationary regulations apply equally for both employers and employees, and that neither party is bound to give any reason why employment is terminated during a probationary period.   read more  »

MEA calls for Clear Procedures before implementation of Budget Measures, issued on 7 August 2015

The MEA said that many employers are frustrated with the manner in which budget measures are being launched without regard for the mechanics involved in their implementation.  read more  »

MEA: Inter Union Rivalry is Damaging Industrial Relatons and Competitiveness, issued on 5 August 2015

The MEA declared that the current state of affairs at De La Rue is yet another case of inter union rivalry disrupting industial relations stability in a major company in Malta.  read more  »

MEA satisfied that Malta has been pulled out of the Excessive Deficit Procedure, issued on 22 June 2015

The MEA expressed its satisfaction at the news that the Council of the EU took Malta out of the excessive deficit procedure.  read more  »

International Labour Conference - Address by Mr Joseph Farrugia, Employers' Delegate - Malta, issued on 9 June 2015 

Read Mr Joseph Farrugia's address delivered at the 104th Session of the International Labour Conference.

Government has right to compensation for Substandard Work - MEA, issued on 5 June 2015

The MEA urged Government and the Opposition to serenely allow the application of rules and procedures to establish clear accountabilities in respect of substandard works carried out at Mater Dei Hospital.  read more »

MEA highlights anti employer bias in Parliamentary session on Persons with Disability, issued on 3 June 2015

The MEA stated that this week's debate in parliament about the employment of disabled persons was strongly biased against employers and gave the impression that many ...  read more  »

Respect for ODZ areas, issued on 15 May 2015

The MEA stated that, in principle, it is against any development outside ODZ areas.  read more »

MEA objects to Industrial Actions at Malta Freeport, issued on 7 March 2015 

The MEA has expressed strong objections to the industrial actions being taken at the Freeport by the GWU over the matter of union recognition. read more »

MEA's 50th AGM - MEA says that union rivalry is destabilising economy, issued on 2 March 2015

In an address to MEA members on the occasion of the Association annual general meeting, the president Mr. Arthur Muscat spoke at length about rivalry and urged that this issue needs to be addressed urgently.  read more »

MEA blasts MUMN statement on Union Recognition issue, issued on 12 January 2015

In a reaction to the MUMN’s media release about the new process adopted for union verification, the Malta Employers’ Association stated that the MUMN has clearly missed the whole point concerning the Association’s objections. read more »

MEA - Government faces a Challenging Year Ahead - issued on 17 November 2014

Government has a challenging year ahead to reach its fiscal and economic targets, given the expenditure projections laid out in the National Budget. read more »

MEA condemns Indecent Working Conditions - issued on 29 October 2014

The MEA has condemned without reservation the alleged abusive employment of foreign nationals by Leisure Clothing Ltd. read more »

MEA expresses support for Prime Minister's stand on COLA - issued on 28 October 2014

The MEA expressed its agreement with the Prime Minister's explanation of the COLA mechanism, and that he is going to respect this mechanism. read more »

MEA Budget Proposals - Curtailing a Culture of Entitlement - issued on 4 September 2014

The MEA has issued its proposals for the National Budget 2015. Its proposals, entitled 'Curtailing a Culture of Entitlement' mirror government's stated objective in its pre-budget document of creating opportunities instead of dependencies. read more »

MEA calls on government to compensate businesses for Power Cut Damages - issued on 18 August 2014

The MEA is calling on government to compensate businesses who have suffered damages, including payment of wages due to the power cut. read more »

The MEA proposes numerous changes to the Employment and Industrial Relations Act - issued on 7 August 2014

The MEA has presented a document with a set of proposals to amend the EIRA. read more »
 

103rd Session of the International Labour Conference - Address by Mr Joseph Farrugia, Employers' Delegate for Malta - issued on 6 June 2014

This year's ILO Conference is taking place six years after the financial crisis crippled many of the world's leading economies, and from which the global economy has not fully recovered. read more »

MEA tells MEP candidates: 'Bring the European Parliament closer to Global Economic Realities' - issued on 7 May 2014

The electoral campaign for the election of members in the European Parliament across the European Union should focus on spreading awareness about the relevance of the institution and its impact on the day to day lives of the average citizen. read more »

MEA's reaction to National Employment Policy Document - issued on 2 May 2014

The MEA described The National Employment Policy Document as providing a professional analysis of labour market issues in Malta, with concrete actions to address labour market deficiencies. read more »

MEA calls for Clarifications about Rates for Tenders in the Cleaning & Security Sectors - issued on 1 April 2014

The MEA called upon government to issue a clarification with respect to the minimum rates of tendering in the cleaning and security sectorsread more »

49th Annual General Meeting of the Malta Employers' Association - Address by Mr Arthur Muscat, President - issued on 26 February 2014 read more »

MEA - Time to Reflect and Reconsider - issued on 17 January 2014

The MEA stated that the outcome of the vote at the European Parliament confirms the reservations which it had about the Individual Investors' Programme as launched by the Government. read more »

Malta Employers' Association launches an SME Help Desk - issued on 6 December 2013

During a business breakfast that focused on the characteristics and needs of small and medium sized enterprises, the MEA announced that it has set up a help desk for SMEs. read more »

MEA - 'Citizenship Programme lacks Transparency' - issued on 13 November 2013

The MEA expressed concern about the design of the citizenship programme, claiming that the format in which it was approved in parliament could tarnish Malta's reputation as a trustworthy country.  read more »

A Budget for Continuity and Stability - issued on 4 November 2013

Overall, the budget links with those of previous years and reflects both the resilience of the economy and the limited room for maneuverability by the government. read more »

MEA calls on Government to set an example on Unethical & Illegal Employment Practices - issued on 28 October 2013

The MEA has received information that a number of government contracts in the security and cleaning sectors are still being awarded to the lowest bidder at hourly rates that barely cover the minimum wage.  read more »


MEA reacts to Pilot's absence from Work - issued on 17 September 2013

The MEA described as unacceptable the manner in which 40% of the normal pilot complement reported sick, to the extent that Air Malta has been constrained to cancel a number of flights.  read more »

Agreement with China is a positive development - MEA - issued on 11 September 2013

The MEA stated that the Memorandum of Understanding which has been signed between Malta and China is a positive development which could open many opportunities for Malta in the energy sector and this strategic alliance could pave the way economic collaboration in other areas between the two countries.  read more »

Government should not employ additional LSAs - MEA - issued on 9 September 2013

The MEA urged Government not to give in to pressure by the MUT to employ additional LSAs.  read more »

Pass fid-direzzjoni t-tajba - ippublikata nhar it-8 t'Awwissu 2013

Il-MEA, laqghet b'sodisfazzjon il-kundizzjonijiet il-godda ghal-SME's imhabbra mil-Onorevoli Ministru Chris Cardona, waqt konferenza stampa organizzata nhar it-Tnejn li ghaddew.  aqra iktar »

MEA not satisfied with Appointments of Industrial Tribunal Chairpersons - issued on 18 July 2013

The MEA expressed serious concerns about the fact that the majority of persons that have been appointed as chairpersons of the Industrial Tribunal come from the trade union camp, and have an employment history or close connections with one particular union.  read more »

The Malta Employers' Association presents position paper on Precarious Employment - issued on 3 July 2013

The MEA has published a position paper on illegal and atypical employment practices as part of ongoing discussion on precarious employment.  read more »

ILO Conference: MEA DG's Speech at the ILO focuses on the Precarious Employment Issue - issued on 18 June 2013

In his address to the ILO general assembly, Mr Joseph Farrugia, Director General of the MEA, focused on the issue being raised by government and unions of precarious work.  read more »

Employers warn against Restrictive Legislation about Unresolved Definition of Precarious Employment - issued on 5 June 2013

The MEA stated that it will not accept any definition of precarious employment which is not internationally recognized and will not be drawn into discussion about any labour market issue which is not measured or properly defined.  read more »

 

MEA's reaction to Budget 2013 - issued on 10 April 2013

The MEA expressed its approval to the budget in the manner it was presented and stated that it was a positive and mature development that both sides of the house decided to vote in favour.  read more »

MEA attends MCESD meeting under Protest - issued on 5 April 2013

The MEA has decided to attend under protest the first MCESD meeting which is to be chaired by the recently appointed Chairman - Mr. John Bencini.  read more »

New President for the Malta Employers' Association - issued on 26 March 2013

At an MEA Council Meeting, Mr Arthur Muscat was elected President of the Association for the years 2013/14.  read more »

MEA's reaction to the PL's energy proposals - issued on 9 January 2013

The MEA stated that the energy proposals by the Partit Laburista are well researched and ambitious, and include novel recommendations that should be explored in further detail.  read more »

MEA's reaction to the 2013 Budget - issued on 29 November 2012

The MEA described the budget as highlighting the achievements of this legislature, but with insufficient insight about future projections.  read more »

MEA explains position on After-School Hours - issued on 22 October 2012

The MEA stated that its proposal for the national budget to extend school hours does not mean that the extended hours will have to be provided by teachers doing a full time job in the same school.  read more »

MEA condemns Industrial Action at Freeport and Valletta Gateway Terminals - issued on 26 September 2012

The MEA strongly condemned the sympathy action ordered by the Malta Dockers' Union at the Freeport and Valletta Gateway Terminal.  read more »

MEA supports PL's pronouncement on the Minimum Wage - issued on 19 September 2012

The MEA agrees with Dr. Joseph Muscat's pronouncement that the minimum wage should not be raised beyond cost of living adjustments.  read more »

Employers and Employees need Protection from Unethical Business Practice - MEA - issued on 12 September 2012

In reaction to Government's decision to withdraw a contract to a security company, the MEA stated it supports any decision taken against entities which are in breach of law especially the Employment & Industrial Relations Act.  read more »

The MEA bids farewell to Dom Mintoff - issued on 25 August 2012

The MEA stated that with the passing away of Dom Mintoff Malta has lost one of its most prominent and controversial politicians.  read more »

MEA disagrees with GWU Proposal on Government Contracts - issued on 11 August 2012

The MEA disagrees with the proposal put forward by the GWU calling on Government to award contracts only to companies covered by a collective agreement.  read more »

Energy Disruption is Costly - MEA - issued on 17 July 2012

The MEA expressed its concerns about frequent power cuts that are having a negative effect on businesses.  read more »

101st Session of the International Labour Conference - issued on 6 June 2012

The Director General of the Malta Employers' Association, Mr Joseph Farrugia addressed the delegates present at the 101st session of the International Labour Conference held in Geneva this month.  read more »

The Malta Employers' Association calls on Government to back Services Charter - issued on 2 May 2012

The MEA is preparing a Service Charter to encourage ethical employment practices in the cleaning, security and care working sectors.  read more »

Social Policy Measures for a Decent Living - A Response by the Malta Employers' Associaton to the Caritas Study - issued on 27 April 2012

The MEA has issued an official reaction to the report by Caritas about social policy measures that are required to ensure a decent living to Maltese families.  read more »


MEA calls for a Fair and Factual Social Dialogue - issued on 17 February 2012

The MEA has voiced concern over the fact that many public statements about employment conditions in Malta are being based on anecdotal evidence, rather than facts.  read more »

'A Business as Usual Budget' - MEA - issued on 14 November 2011

The MEA described the National Budget for 2012 as a 'business as usual budget', in the sense that it contains a spread of economic and social measures affecting numerous sectors of Maltese society, but lacks any substantial initiatives to stimulate economic activity.  read more »

MEA calls for urgent MCESD meeting to discuss Situation in Libya - issued on 24 August 2011

The MEA has asked the Prime Minister for an urgent MCESD meeting to discuss the recent developments in Libya.  read more »

MEA claims that Fuel Price Increases are: 'Another Blow to Businesses' - issued on 1 August 2011

The MEA issued another strong reaction to the increase in fuel prices, describing them as another blow to businesses and competitiveness.  read more »

MEA sees Government's decision to provide compensation for Inflationary spike as a Positive Step for Social Dialogue - issued on 29 July 2011

The MEA expressed its approval for Government's decision to issue compensation to vulnerable groups in response to inflationary pressures during the last quarter of 2010 and 2011.  read more »

Industrial Action should be avoided at all costs - issued on 12 July 2011

The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Enterprise and the Malta Employers' Association appealed to all stakeholders in the Airmalta-ALPA issue to engage in constructive discussions and avoid the planned disruption of service.  read more »

MEA calls for Social Dialogue at Air Malta - issued on 7 July 2011

The MEA stated that industrial action will definitely not solve the issues at Air Malta and the way forward can only be through dialogue between the stakeholders. read more »

Unofficial Industrial Action should never be tolerated - MEA - issued on 5 July 2011

The MEA condemned the unofficial industial action being taken by some drivers working for Arriva and said one can never allow a situation where a few are taking the law in their own hands.  read more »

MEA Director General stresses role of Social Dialogue to address Country's issues - issued on 10 June 2011

In his address at the 100th session of the International Labour Conference, the Director General of the MEA, Mr Joseph Farrugia, underscored the belief of Maltese employers in tripartite social dialogue, stating that tripartism between employers, workers and government has made a tangible difference in the world of work.  read more »

Commission's recommendations are a caution to Government - MEA - issued on 9 June 2011

The recommendations issued by the Commission reflect a number of concerns which have been voiced by the MEA over a number of years.  read more »


MEA calls for Fair Practices in Employment - issued on 6 May 2011

The MEA expressed concern about various reports of abuses in employment practices by some companies.  read more »

MEA elects Officers Group - issued on 4 April 2011

During their last Council meeting, the Malta Employers' Association have elected the officers group.  The president is Mr Joshua Zammit.  read more »

MEA reiterates its position that GWU actions at Enemalta should stop - issued on 22 March 2011

In reply to the GWU's statement about the industrial actions currently underway at Enemalta, the MEA emphaised that it has always declared itself against any form of discrimination, irrespective of who does it and where it occurs.  read more »

MEA calls for an end to industrial actions at Enemalta - issued on 22 March 2011

The MEA has called for an immediate cessation of the industrial actions at Enemalta. read more »

MEA concerned about increases in Energy Prices - issued on 3 March 2011

The MEA stated that the recent increase in fuel prices in Malta is creating severe difficulties for many businesses.  read more »

Change in COLA for 2011 is 'Out of the Question' - MEA - issued on 6 January 2011

The MEA stated that a revision in the COLA for 2011 is out of the question.  read more »