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Title: Freeport workers demand higher wages
Authors: Debono, Manwel
Keywords: Labor unions -- Malta
Stevedores -- Malta
Harbors -- Management -- Malta
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Citation: Debono, M. (2004). Freeport workers demand higher wages. European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. Retrieved from:
Abstract: In August 2004, the General Workers’ Union declared an industrial dispute at the Malta Freeport after the government refused to consider the union's demand for a major pay increase. Established by government in 1988, the Malta Freeport experienced significant growth and soon became a major transhipment hub in the Mediterranean region. During 2003, it handled 1.3 million TEUs (the measurement used to calculate the number of containers processed by a port). Its operations include the handling of containers and oil products, and industrial storage. The government is currently in the process of privatising the Freeport, a deal that should be concluded by October 2004. Freeport workers are represented by the General Workers’ Union (GWU (, Malta’s largest union, and the Union of United Workers (Union Haddiema Maghqudin, UHM (
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