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GWU wants Labour to mend injustices with members

GWU general secretary Tony Zarb yesterday. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

GWU general secretary Tony Zarb yesterday. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A new Labour government was expected to remedy the injustices suffered by General Workers’ Union members under the present Administration, general secretary Tony Zarb said yesterday.

“The GWU is ready to work with anyone who genuinely and not out of convenience wants to work with us.

“We declared that we have suffered injustices and it was never denied. We expect a new government to correct these injustices. Workers and their families will not forget these injustices,” he said.

Mr Zarb was speaking at a special national council meeting that was convened specifically to welcome Labour leader Joseph Muscat at the Workers’ Memorial Building, Valletta, and discuss the union’s proposals for the election.

Dr Muscat was given a very warm welcome at the GWU headquarters. Mr Zarb appealed to the PL to continue accepting more of its proposals, which, he pointed out, it had made in the “national interest”.

He praised Labour for accepting its requests regarding the water and electricity tariffs, the guarantee given to Enemalta workers, proposals on same-sex couples and addressing precarious work.

Mr Zarb asked Dr Muscat to return the “robbed” public holidays that fell on weekends to workers. Appealing for honestly, he said people should not trust politicians who fooled them.

Dr Muscat announced that Industrial Projects and Service Limited employees, who had their wages frozen for a number of years, would have a new collective agreement if Labour was elected.

He said that police officers, soldiers, Civil Protection Department personnel and members of other disciplined corps would be given the right to join a trade union of their choice without, however, having the right to strike. The meeting continued behind closed doors.

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