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European-level Representation

Most Maltese employee representatives for European bodies are elected by a ballot of the whole workforce. However, the legislation is less clear for Maltese members of the representative body and the board of a European Company set up under the fallback procedures.

European Works Councils

Maltese members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for an EWC are elected by secret ballot of all employees. They must be employees.

 

The situation is the same for Maltese members of an EWC set up under the fallback procedure in the annex to the directive.

European Company

Maltese members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for a European Company are elected by secret ballot of all employees. They must either be employees or, “if the management … so permits” they can be external trade union representatives.

 

The Maltese legislation implementing the EU directive on the European Company does not include specific details on how the Maltese members of the SE representative body, set up under the fallback provisions of the annex to the directive should be appointed. It simply states that “the election or appointment of members of the representative body should be carried out by the special negotiating body, in accordance with any method it adopts”.

 

In the same way the Maltese legislation leaves the method of selection of employee representatives at board level under the fallback provisions of the annex to the directive to the representative body. There are no specific rules for Maltese members.

Further information on the national SE legislation can be found here.

L. Fulton (2015) Worker representation in Europe. Labour Research Department and ETUI. Produced with the assistance of the SEEurope Network, online publication available at http://www.worker-participation.eu/National-Industrial-Relations.