Blurred lines may be more than just an awful song made popular by naked women after Malta’s largest trade union backed the Labour Party as the “winning team” in one of its recent publications.
The front cover of a GWU magazine distributed at old people’s homes placed Prime Minister Joseph Muscat front and centre, with the Labour Party’s four MEPs, Helena Dalli, Alfred Sant, Alex Agius Saliba, and Josianne Cutajar underneath him.
“The Winning Team”, the cover loudly declares.
While ostensibly linked to left-wing politics and the Labour Party, the General Workers Union enjoys portraying a sense of independence from partisan politics.
After being elected to the role of general secretary in 2015, Josef Bugeja said that his “primary interest will always be with the union’s members, and not to whichever political party is in government”.
“While most of our members are Labourites, a significant portion of them are Nationalists too,” he said.
In fact, the GWU is Malta’s largest trade union, holding over 46,000 members in practically every type of workplace.
This is not the first (and probably not the last) time the lines have been blurred between the Labour Party and the workers’ union. After the 2017 general election, its Orizzont editor of the time, Josef Caruana called out specific journalists for being “traitors” and asked for them to “disappear” from the profession.
Lovin Malta reached out to the General Workers Union for a comment and is awaiting their reply.
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