Workers in Bailey's dockyard in Malta, decided to come out on strike, Oct 5, to back their demands for a 15 per cent pay award back-dated to April.
Workers in Bailey's dockyard in Malta, decided to come out on strike, Oct 5, to back their demands for a 15 per cent pay award back-dated to April. Over 5,500 men are involved in the dispute. The company offered the men a 15 per cent award which was rejected.
Bailey's took over the Naval dockyard in Valetta about 18 months ago. They are the islands biggest employers. The first strike threat came from the Dockworkers Union on Sept 30, when they put a ban on all overtime and night work. The company replied with a warning that any workers that refused to do overtime would be dismissed. The Union then called the General Strike.
Police are standing by in case any of the strike demonstrations get out of hand as in the past. Bakeries from the British Naval stations were put into full production when Malta's bakers refused to make bread. The action came after they failed to reach agreement with the Government over the question of arrears to cover their production expenses. This dispute is now settled.