Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Miller Andrew Miller Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons), Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 762W, on Malta, whether the local trade union in Malta has requested to reduce its recognition for collective bargaining purposes.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The General Workers' Union stated to the Directorate of Industrial and Employment Relations that if the union no longer represented an absolute majority of staff then it expected the British high commission to reduce recognition to supervisory, clerical and industrial grades. Maltese law makes no provision for this. The British high commission believes that the union should represent all grades of locally engaged employees, not selected grades.

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