October 9, 2009

Il-membri  professjonisti  msehbin fl-EPOU iheggu lill-Korporazzjoni Enemalta, l-OHSA u l-MEPA jieħdu passi malajr kontra l-‘batching plant’ tal-konkos illegali, u l-hazna tal-muntanji tat-terrapien u trab li dejjem qed jikbru u li jinsabu ezatt magenb il-‘main gate’ tal-Power Station ta’ Delimara. Dan it-trab, mahzun minn kuntrattur lokali, qed jikkawza hafna inkonvenjent u  problemi respiratorji lil haddiema

Din kienet wahda mill-mozzjonijiet li approvaw il-membri tal-EPOU fil-Laqgha Generali Annwali li saret nhar it-Tlieta 6 t’ Ottubru 2009, fejn gie elett il-Kumitat Ezekutiv ghas-sena 2009/2010.

Il-Union ilha zmien titlob lill-Enemalta, bhala s-sid, u resqet rapporti formali bir-ritratti lill-OHSA u l-MEPA biex jitnaqqas dan l-inkonvenjent. L-unika twegiba waslet mill-OHSA li sostnew li ma tistax tintervjeni ghax fejn hemm it-trab mahzun mhux qed isir xoghol u it-terrapien li fadal hu  ta’ xoghol mill-passat. Madanakollu l-haddiema ta’ Delimara ta’ spiss jinnutaw trakkijiet u ‘ready mixes’ dehlin u hergin bil-materjal.

Policy importanti approvata issa ser tiddetermina kif il-union ser timxi fil-futur meta l-Korporazzjoni timpjega ufficcjali godda kontra l-Ftehim Kolletiv.  Il-mozzjoni giet approvata, wara li ikkundannat il-ksur persistenti tal-Ligi u l-Ftehim Kollettiv mill-Enemalta fejn jirrigwardjaw mili ta’ posts godda,. Il-mozzjoni tghid hekk;

Titlob lill-Kumitat il-ġdid biex mal-ewwel vakanza ta’ PE’s li tiġi ppublikata wara din il-LGA, kemm internament kif ukoll esternament, fejn il- management ma jirrispettax il-FK, tinforma lill- management li l-membri ta’ din il-union mhux ser jikkoperaw mal-persuna appuntata. Il-union tkompli b’din il-pozizzjoni ghal kull post fejn il-FK ma jiġix irrispettat.

Fir-rigward ta’ mili ta’ vakanzi, l-laqgha talbet li dawk kollha li jokkupaw skali ‘l fuq minn skala 9 ikollhom grad Universitarju u mhux kif qed isir bhalissa, li jinhargu vakanzi interni qabel ma l-management ifittex li jimpjega persuni fi gradi manigerjali ‘on secondement’ u u ma jintalbux pri-rekwiziti li juru bic-car li l-post vakanti hu mfassal ghal persuna partikolari.

Il-laqgha ukoll ikkundannat theddid li jsir minn wiehed mic-Chief Managers tal-Korporazzjoni kull meta l-Union tordna azzjoni industrijali. Dan minkejja li l-Union dejjem timxi mal-provvedimenti tal-Ligi u tal-Ftehim Kolettiv. Il-membri talbu lis-CEO jiehu passi biex ic-Chief Managers jirrispettaw il-Ligi u l-Ftehim Kolletiv.

Finalment, il-laqgha talbet ukoll li l-Korporazzjoni tapprezza u tifhem l-inkwiet u l-incertezza li ghaddejjin minnu l-haddiema fil-Generation u d-Divizjoni tal-Petroleum minhabba l-gheluq tal-power station tal-Marsa, kif ukoll dwar il-‘ commercialization’ rispettivament. Il-Korporazzjoni ghanda tkellem lil dawn l-ufficcjali u tassigurahom dwar il-futur u l-kundizzjonijiet tax-xoghol taghhom.



The professionals, members of the EPOU urge Enemalta Corporation, the OHSA and MEPA to quickly take steps against the illegal concrete batching plant, and the every growing sand and dust mountain setup by a local contractor, found just outside the Power Station at Delimara. This dust is causing a lot of inconvenience and respiratory problems to the employees’.

This was just one of the motions approved by the EPOU members during the Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 6th October 2009. The AGM also elected its Union officials .

The Union has long been requesting the Corporation, as its employer, and even submitted formal claims accompanied by photographs to the OHSA and MEPA last July, to have the inconvenience removed. The only reply was received from the OHSA who insisted that they could not intervene since in its view no work being carried out where the sand was being kept by the contractor, but also, since the OHSA opined that the dust originated from past works. In spite of this reply, Delimara workers frequently observe open trucks and ready mix trucks entering and leaving , loaded with material.

Another important policy approved will now determine how the Union will proceed when the Corporation employs new officials in breach of the Collective Agreement. The motion approved, condemned the Corporations persistent braches in the Law and the Collective agreement where this involves filling of vacant posts, and ‘As soon as the Corporation issues an internal or external  vacancy notice in breach of the Collective Agreement, the AGM requests the newly elected committee to inform the Management that it will not be cooperating with the appointed person and to make the public and thus potential applicants aware of this.’

Also with regards to filling of vacancies, Management was  requested to refrain from the present practice of appointing persons without a University degree in grades higher than scale 9.  Management was also asked not to employ managers ‘on secondment’ without first giving the Corporation’s officers the opportunity to fill the post, and that such vacancy notices should not be ‘tailor made’.

The AGM also condemned the threats made by one of the Corporation’s Senior Chiefs whenever the Union is constrained to call industrial action, even though these actions are in accordance with the Law and the Collective Agreement, and asked the CEO to take the necessary steps to have the Chief Managers respect the Law  and the Collective Agreement.

Finally  the Corporation was asked to appreciate and understand the uncertainty and worry being experienced by the officers in the Generation Section, and those at the Petroleum Division in view of the planned shutting down of the Marsa Power Station, and the commercialisation of the Petroleum Division. The Corporation was asked to approach these employees and set their minds at rest on their future and conditions of work.



July 17, 2009


L-Enemalta Professional Officers Union ghada kemm kitbet lill-Korporazjoni Enemalta u lill- Privatization  Unit tfakkar li skond il-Ligijiet ta’ Malta jrid isir konsultazzjoni maghha qabel isir it-trasferiment tax-xoghol tad-Divizjoni tal-Petroleum tal-Korporazzjoni Enemalta.

17 ta’ Lulju 2009

Disagreement with the proposal to have Malta’s electricity supply dependent on a submarine cable

April 29, 2009


‘ The EPOU does not agree with the recommendation no. 23 regarding the sub-marine cable connecting Malta to Sicily. Questions arise whether the security of supply will be threatened at the expense of reducing emissions.  The submarine cable is a real time provider of electricity and given the scenario of a cable fault occurring when 200MW are being supplied, the electricity network in Malta  will surely collapse and plunge the whole nation in darkness with very serious consequences for the whole business community on the island.  To add insult to injury repairing a fault at sea is not an easy task especially if the elements of nature are against you. The cable interconnection has to be evaluated vis-à-vis the political, economical and social implications it may have.’

This is one of the views which the EPOU has submitted to the Climate Change Committee in response to the Committee’s public request for feedback on its report.

Late last year the Union was accepted by MEUSAC as a sectorial committee, and in response set up a Sub-Committee of engineers from amongst  its members with a view to studying the Climate Change Report.

Other views submitted have included the following,

* Agreement with the CCC Report that there are many constraints in adopting wind as a renewable source of energy. However, it strongly believes that a proper pilot project should first be initiated by the local authorities since not all sites are suitable for wind farming and that proper wind studies has to be performed on sites linked to be adequate to host wind turbines. Noting that internationally the number of installed wind turbines at a depth equal to that of Maltese sea is still low, and that floating offshore wind turbines are expensive and are still being developed, this committee would suggest the installation of just 2 x 3MWe turbines on shore at this stage.

This would thus not affect the local generating power stations when wind

drops or accelerates. As a first step, one can start on a provision of offshore locations for research and development to start building local knowledge on the subject. In the meantime Malta will be starting to get the know-how and experience, indispensable to run such equipment.

* Instead of investing a high initial cost on an interconnection cable to have a source of renewable energy from abroad, the EPOU recommends the introduction of higher incentives in photovoltaic installations on household roofs. In this way, interested parties willing to install PV cells on their roof can be further encouraged to carry out such a project. This incentive should also allow the local energy authority to buy back at a more reasonable rate the excess energy produced.
* There should be a form of partnership between the government and the private sector to follow a common path to tackle the challenges of climate change. Quarterly, all stakeholders should meet and analyse their progress in the actions taken. A certificate similar to that instigated by the NECC in the Euro Changeover to show the participation of the private sector in such programmes would be issued and presented to the company involved.
* With regards to the transport section, it is proposed to have a time window when heavy trucks are allowed to circulate on our roads. Suitable parking spaces will need to be provided in order to divert these vehicles should they happen to be on the road during the prohibited time. Otherwise a planned route should be set to indicate from where these heavy vehicles can pass during the peak hours.
* An agreement between local councils and the government should take place to address the issue of our roads status. There are secondary roads which motorists prefer not to use because of their bad state despite that using these roads can be faster. As a result more cars are present in the main junctions resulting in higher GHG emissions.
* The car sharing scheme must be encouraged by employers where each worker seeks for other co workers living in his vicinity and use only one car to travel to work. Besides, being convenient, this scheme helps in reducing green house gases emissions. Firms in industrial estates together with nearby local councils can also set up projects to tackle the emissions that are produced by cars.
* Given the favourable weather, there are only few days around the year in which bicycles are not suitable. Proper and continuous bicycle tracks should be built which safely connect villages to industrial estates to encourage workers to use their bicycles to travel to work.
* Note has been taken of considerable amount of unregulated wood burning fire places being installed in households causing an uncontrolled source of GHG emission as most of the wood being burnt is uncertified and not suitable for such a process. Tighter control and regulations on wood burning fire place installations are required. Furthermore, a national awareness campaign should be initiated, especially on burning wood containing lead paint. The authorities should either speak in favour of installation of gas burning fireplaces or request stringent emission filtering measures on these wood burning fireplaces’ chimneys.

3rd March 2009

L-EPOU tiffirma l-ftehim kollettiv

April 29, 2009




22 ta’ Frar 2008




L-EPOU, l-unjin li tirraprezenta il-professjonisti gewwa l-Korporazzjoni Enemalta, ilbierah iffirmat il-ftehim kollettiv li jkopri il-perjodu 2006-2010. Apparti miljorament fil-pakkett finanzjarju, l-unjin irnexxiela ittejjeb klawsoli ohra tal-ftehim, kif ukoll tintroduci sistemi godda ghall-familji, li jinkludu l-family friendly measures, flexible working times u teleworking, li ntlaqghu tajjeb mill-membri kollha.

Il-Kumitat ta’ l-Epou jixtieq jirringrazzja lil kull min hadem bis-shih biex il-ftehim jkun konkluz b’success, fosthom ma tistax ma ssemmiex lis-Sur David Spiteri Gingell,CEO tal-Korporazzjoni, li zgur ta kontribut determinanti biex dan il-pakkett gie finalizzat.

Fl-ahhar taghlaq din l-istqarrija billi tirringrazzja ukoll, l-unjin l-ohra rikonoxxuta fl-Enemalta, il-GWU, wara li d-dikussjonijiet mal-Management dwar il-klawsoli tal-Ftehim saru, ghall-ewwel darba, b’mod kongut fuq mejda wahda.

Ismail D’Amato



L-EPOU favur l-ghaqda bejn il-Unions

April 24, 2009







Il-Enemalta Professional Officers Union minghajr tlaqlieq temmen li l-Unions kollha f’pajjizna, filwaqt li jibqghu izommu l-identita individwali taghhom, ghandhom jinghaqdu flimkien f’ TUC u tiddikjara li lesta tilqa l-istedina tal- MUT biex jigi studjat kif  dan l-ghan jintlahaq.









Kenneth Abela




3 ta’ Dicembru 2008