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GWU demands information on Enemalta 'privatisation'

The General Workers' Union will be writing to the chairman of Enemalta Corporation requesting a meeting to discuss the future of the employees within the corporation's Petroleum Division which is in the process of privatisation, the union said.

The Privatisation Unit, on behalf of the government and Enemalta, on Tuesday issued a call for expressions of interest in the commercialisation of the Petroleum Division.

The GWU expressed its disappointment over the lack of information released by Enemalta regarding the future of the employees within the division.

The union said that, rather than calling a meeting with the employee representatives, Enemalta chairman Alexander Tranter had sent an individual letter to all employees informing them that whoever did not want to work in the private sector would have a guaranteed job within the corporation.

But, the union noted, the letter did not include information as to the type of job the workers would be given within the corporation.

The GWU added that its chemical, energy and printing section had sent two letters to the Enemalta chairman calling for a meeting to discuss such information. But the letters had been ignored, it added.

"Employees themselves are questioning why the chairman and the management of Enemalta are keeping this information to themselves as though they have something to hide," the union said, adding that the employees were demanding such information because, without it, they could not decide on their future and that of their families.

When contacted, Mr Tranter said he would rather wait to receive the union's letter before commenting.

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