Fabian Demicoli

Women in the Board

 Commissioner Reding is striving hard to cause more women to be nominated on the Board of Directors of Companies. In Malta she has the full backing of Chris Said the OPM Parliamentary Secretary. Reding really threatens to impose a 40% women quota on Boards of listed companies. Business community representatives are dead against this. We at GRTU recognise that there is the need of more women but we would object most strongly to any imposition.


Board of Directors like senior management in enterprise are an important economic function and merit and not gender should be the main criteria. GRTU would also object to any selection criteria imposed on private businesses especially small owner managed and mainly family businesses. This not withstanding GRTU recommends, specialised funded schemes to train more people to be able to take Board Directorship and would support special support for women who wish to be trained for such important roles but GRTU would strongly object to the system that is now being adopted in the Public Sector where women are being appointed simply because they are woman and irrespective of whether they have the training and the abilities needed for the roles given. GRTU also objects when men are appointed irrespective of ability and training but based on other criteria.

There is so much that depends on the success of enterprise  – jobs, economic growth, general well-being and quality of life for all, men and women. Choice of leaders on type of genitals is ridiculous.

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