The Malta Employers’ Association is organising a virtual talk with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for Employers on Wednesday, 19 May 2021.
The EESC is a consultative body of the European Union composed of social partners namely employers (employers’ organisations), employees (trade unions) and representative of various other interests. MEA Senior Vice-President Dolores Sammut Bonnici is a member of the Employers Group in EESC and thus is continuously representing employers on subjects being discussed (e.g. right to disconnect, minimum wage, the Green Deal, etc.)
We want MEA members to know the roles of EESC, MEA’s involvements, subjects being discussed and how employers can voice their opinions and be part of EU social dialogue.
Register HERE: https://forms.gle/YP58iPjqQbzdyh997
Registration is FREE OF CHARGE and priority will be given to MEA members.
The Agenda includes interventions from Mr Stefano Mallia as the President of the EESC Employers Group, Ms Dolores Sammut Bonnici as a member of the EESC Employers Group and Senior Vice-President of MEA, and interventions by EESC speakers – Mr Georgios Meleas to give an overall of EESC’s works and Ms Sophie Zimmer who will be speaking on the discussions held on minimum wage. Attendees will have the time to ask questions.
The 54th Annaul General Meeting of the Malta Employers’ Association will be held on Friday, 15 March 2019. Members are kindly requested to inform us who will be attending from their organisation.
The Malta Employers’ Association is pleased to announce that we are inviting a representative from the Family Business Office to our premises to meet with MEA members individually by appointment to look into various issues.
The session will take place on Wednesday, 23rd May between 9.00am and 2.00pm at the MEA premises. This consultation will be free of charge and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If there are many requests, and the outcome of these meetings is favourable, we will consider repeating the exercise.
Should you be interested in setting an appointment, kindly fill in the attached form and we will get back to you with a time for your appointment.
A meeting was convened for MEA members on the 10th December to discuss the latest developments about the employment of persons with disability. Mr. Arthur Muscat, MEA president, and Mr. Joseph Farrugia, Director General addressed a turnout which was much higher than anticipated. Due to the short notice for the meeting, it was explained that it was impossible to seek an alternative location to accommodate many others who requested to be present.
During this meeting, Mr. Muscat stressed the fact that MEA is not contesting the principle of employment of persons with disability and encouraged employers to seek ways in which more disabled persons can be integrated in the labour force. He added that the measures which were announced during the budget speech in November were never discussed with the social partners, and consequently there are a number of difficulties and inconsistencies in their implementation which could have been addressed had government decided to adopt a consultative approach.
Mr. Farrugia delivered a presentation which highlighted the salient points of the position paper which was prepared and distributed by MEA in January 2015, together with the bones of contention which the Association currently has with the authorities about the manner in which employers are being treated. This is what has led MEA to file a judicial protest, and why it is also contemplating further legal actions against the Employment and Training Corporation in the near future.
During this session, many employer representatives who were present shared their own experiences of the manner in which the regulations were being implemented. They confirmed that they had no way to prove or disprove ETC’s claims that they were not in line with the legislation owing to an arbitrary interpretation of the data protection act. Others claimed that they had employed registered disabled persons but were still fined because the persons employed opted to deregister themselves a few months after their employment, which is within their rights. Many reported that they were subjected to the fine even though they had demonstrated their willingness to employ disabled persons but could not because there are no suitable persons available. In fact, some of the persons who are on the register made it clear to their prospective employers that they are not interested in being employed. Many companies stated that they were fined even though they do employ persons with a disability as it appeared that the ETC is not recognising persons who are on the KNPD or the social security register. Employers were finding ETC’s attitude offensive and goes against the interests of those persons who the ETC is intended to help.
At the end of the session, Mr. Muscat reiterated his support for MEA’s members and assured everybody that, whilst taking some of the suggestions that were made on board, the Association will be keeping them involved and informed of any actions that the Association will be taking in the near future.
The MEA’s 49th Annual General Meeting was held on 21st February 2014. Mr Arthur Muscat, President addressed those present. Mr Joseph Farrugia, Director General presented his Annual Report with a list of events organized by the MEA and events attended by Secretariat. Mr Marvic Fenech Adami, Hon Treasurer presented the Association’s audited accounts for year 2013. A reception for those present was held afterwards.
This year there will be elections for the incoming Council.
In accordance with Rule 8 of the Statute the elected members of the Council shall consist of:
The ten Sector Groups constituted in terms of Rule 11.1 are:
Banking, Insurance, and Financial Services
Construction, Electrical, Engineering and Metal
ICT and Gaming
Hospitality, Tourism and Travel
Aviation, Maritime and Transport
Wholesale, Retail and other Commercial Services
Parastatal and Government Authorities
Health and Professional services
Nominations are hereby invited for candidates for selection under category referred above and for selection “at large”. All candidates must be members or representatives of members who have been members for at least six months prior to 27th February 2015.
Please complete your Nomination Forms and return them to Mr Joseph Farrugia (Director General) by not later than Friday, 20th February 2015.