The role of the employer carries with it the burden of many responsibilities emanating from the employer-worker relationships within the company.
These responsibilities entail critically sensitive elements such as employee relations, relations with government bodies and interpretation of legislation.
Regardless of whether the employer is a large corporation or a small office business, unless these elements are handled competently and professionally they can pose a serious threat of employee unrest, with its negative impact on the Company’s performance and reputation.
In the volatile arenas of industrial relations and social policy, an employer requires immediate expert advice and effective action. It is clear that there is much advantage in fostering an organised unity between all employees. Through this unity comes individual strength.
This is the raison d’être of the Malta Employers’ Association.
The MEA seeks to promote
Malta Employers' Association Mission Statement
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At a Malta Employers' Association Council meeting, Ms. Dolores Sammut Bonnici was appointed President of the Association for the years 2019/21.
Ms Sammut Bonnici served as President between 2017 and 2019.
Ms. Sammut Bonnici is an entrepreneur and is the Managing Director and co-proprietor of the Green Skip Services Ltd, dealing in industrial waste management. She has served on the MEA council for a number of years, and previous to being appointed President, was also Deputy President of the MEA during the past four years.
Ms. Sammut Bonnici served as President of Malta Association of Women in Business, whose mission is the promotion of female entrepreneurship, enhancement of Business education, mentoring and business networking. As President of MAWB she has actively participated in two European projects: AMIE, (Women ambassadors for Entrepreneurship), and BREAKING GENDER STEREO TYPES, GIVE TALENT A CHANCE (Creating awareness for equal job opportunities).
She is an active local and international speaker for the promotion of entrepreneurship, women empowerment. In 2018 she was awarded as one of the enterprising women of the year in Miami, by Enterprising Women Magazine USA, and presented with an award for appreciation for her work by the Jordan Forum for Business & Professional Women, and the Mediterranean Women Entrepreneurs Forum in Amman, Jordan in November 2018.
Mr Joseph Farrugia has occupied the post of Director General of the Malta Employers’ Association since 2001. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Department of Marketing at the University of Malta.
Mr Farrugia has extensive experience in marketing consultancy and human resources management. Between 2010 and 2013 he served as President of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, which is the major vocational education institution in Malta.
Mr. Farrugia sits on the board of directors of the Employment and Training Corporation, the Employment Relations Board and represents the MEA on the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. He also represents employers on panels of the Industrial Tribunal.
He has represented Maltese employers on a number of international fora, amongst them the Board of Directors of the European Foundation for the Improvement in Living and Working Conditions, the European Social Fund, CEEP and the International Organisation of Employers.
Mr Farrugia is known in cultural circles as an artist. He has organised numerous exhibitions of his paintings in various venues in Malta and abroad.