Malta - The role and function of trade unions - April 30, 2016

The Foundation for the Well Being of Society and the Centre of Labour Studies at the University of Malta have recently published the findings of a survey about trade unions. The aim of the survey was to investigate the attitudes of the general population on trade unionism in Malta. The data emerging from the survey by and large confirm the widely held view that trade unions are primarily seen as agents that strive to improve the conditions of work for their members. The data reveal that the great majority of the workers expect their union to look after their vested interest. About one out of three respondents (31 per cent) regard trade union membership as a means to improve working conditions while 40 per cent of respondents regard it as a form of personal insurance from discrimination.

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