Malta Employers Association The MEA is a multisectoral association dedicated to the promotion of healthy industrial relations by providing members with a range of advisory services enabling them to be better informed about their rights and obligations regarding their employees.

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The Malta Employers' Association (MEA) is a constituted body which bringstogether employers from all sectors of industry and commerce in Malta. It is, in effect, the "trade union" of employers, formally registered as such under the Employment and Industrial Relations Act (2002).

The principal purpose for which the Association was created is the regulation of relations between employers, workers and trade unions. Whilst taking due regard of the wider interests of the whole community, the Association is bound to endeavour to decisively influence the formation of policies at national level
which lead to:

  • The development of a culture positively encouraging enterprise;
  • The creation of economic and social conditions favourable to the profitable growth and competitiveness of Maltese business and also in the interests of employers in general; and
  • The development of productive employment.

The Association has the following objectives:

  1. To unite all Employers in a common endeavour to establish and thereafter maintain the best possible relations and to co-ordinate through collective
    bargaining or consultation the policies and activities of members in the field of industrial relations and related areas.
  2. To represent, communicate and co-operate and/or act as an authoritative medium of communication with the Government, Government departments,
    public authorities and services, constituted bodies, unions, associations, societies, companies, chambers and other bodies, whether local or overseas, on all matters affecting generally industrial relations or the particular interests of Members and other employers.
  3. At the request of any Member, group of Members or of all Members jointly to act on their behalf in their capacity as employers in regulating the relations between employers and employees.
  4. To promote and undertake by negotiation and/or arbitration the settlement of any industrial dispute which may arise either between individual Members and their respective employees or between the Association and any constituted representative body of employees.
  5. To co-operate with other industrial and trade organisations including trade unions for the regulation of the relations among employers and/or between employers and employees.
  6. To provide a forum for regular consultation between Members on matters of
    common interest.
  7. To dispense to Members a consultative and advisory service on any employer/employee question and upon request by any Member to make available the personal service of any official of the Association or of any other person for advice, guidance and assistance on any employee relations or industrial question.
  8. To obtain from Members and to maintain available at all times, up to date, statistical and other data as may be deemed necessary or desirable in order
    to monitor the prevailing wages structure and general conditions or employment in Malta.
  9. To obtain from other appropriate sources statistics and other data which may have relevance to employee relations in Malta.
  10. To promote or oppose legislative and other measures affecting or likely to affect Members.
  11. To co-operate with and/or become a Member or associate of any organisation of employers, international or otherwise, whose main objects
    are identical or similar to those of the Association.
  12. To assist the organisation or grouping of employers into associations or sections for promoting and safeguarding the sectoral interests of their particular trade or industry in all matters affecting employee relations, with a view to such associations being admitted to membership of the
    Association.

MEA has more than 800 members registered with the organisation, that employ more than 65,000 persons, which is approximately 30% of the total Maltese
labour force.

Membership of the Association is divided into various sector groups and each member is placed in the appropriate group according to such member's principal
line of business. The Statute provides for the existence of the following Sector Groups:

  • Banking, Insurance, and Financial Services
  • Educational Services
  • Construction, Electrical, Engineering and Metal
  • ICT and Gaming
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Travel
  • Aviation, Maritime and Transport
  • Wholesale, Retail and other Commercial Services
  • Parastatal and Government Authorities
  • Health and Professional services

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