Country overview

Lionel Fulton (Labour Research Department)

Employee board-level representation in Malta is found only in a few state-owned or recently privatised companies. Both unions and employers were consulted on legislation implementing the directive but do not seem to have given the issue a high priority and there was no public debate.

Only very few companies in Malta have employee representatives at board level, and, with the exception of companies owned either by the GWU, one of the two main union groupings, or the social democratic Malta Labour Party, they are all either state-owned or recently privatised.
Past experience of worker participation through “workers’ committee” which played a part in running state-owned companies has been unhappy, and there is no tradition of employee representation, other than through the unions (see Saviour Rizzo 2004). These and other factors, such as the lack of larger Maltese-owned companies with operations across Europe, and the range of other EU legislation which Malta transposed at the same time, may explain the lack of interest in the transposition of the directive. It was, however, discussed in the Employment Relations Board – a tripartite consultative body which consists of representatives of unions and employers and members appointed by government. There is no evidence of any wider public debate.

Special negotiating body (SNB)

Standard rules under the fallback procedure

Misuse of procedures and structural change

L. Fulton (2008) Anchoring the European Company in National Law - Country Overviews (online publication, prepared for