General Workers' Union (Malta)

The General Workers' Union (GWU) is a national trade union center in Malta.

General Workers' Union
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AffiliationITUC, ETUC
Key peopleVictor Carachi, president
Tony Zarb, secretary general
Gaeto Mercieca, deputy secretary general
Office locationWorkers' Memorial Building, Valletta, Malta
Workers' Memorial Building in Valletta (built on the site of Auberge de France)

The GWU was founded in 1943 and has been politically identified with the Labour Party as the trade union is the major left-wing trade union in Malta. The two were statutorily fused from 1978 to 1992, and continue to share many common objectives as is common in several European States namely Britain.

The original "G.W.U." logo, in use until 2009

The GWU is the largest trade union movement in Malta and organised in a confederation format of 8 Sections each to an extent autonomous in conducting industrial relations. It is one of the two trade union centers recognised by the European Trade Union Confederation and the employees representative delegation at the International Labour Organization. The sections cover the manufacturing, services and the public sector of the Maltese labour market and thus organise a wide cross section of interests.

The union is affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation and the European Trade Union Confederation as well as various sectoral international and European trade union federations covering the same sectors the GWU is organised therein.

The 8 Sections of the Union covering most sectors of the economy are: Government and Public Entities; Professionals Finance and Services; Chemical and Energy; Manufacturing; Hospitality and Foods; Maritime and Aviation; Metal and Construction, Technology Electronics and Communications.


Through its media and printing company Union Print Co., the GWU publishes the newspapers It-Torċa and L-Orizzont.[1][2]

GWU YouthsEdit

Logo of GWU Youths

The GWU Youth Section is active amongst youths affiliated to the GWU by projecting their voice both internally, within the GWU structure, and externally, on a national and international level [1]. The section is affiliated with UNI Youths, ETUC Youths, and ICFTU Youths.


  1. ^ "Trade union's printing company launches early retirement schemes". Malta Today. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. ^ "About Us". Union Print Co. Retrieved 12 April 2016.


  • ICTUR; et al., eds. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7. Explicit use of et al. in: |editor= (help)

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