Three workers and four organisations were honoured during the National Workers of the Year 2020 ceremony, whose theme was “celebrating the success of our workers.”
An ICT support officer within the Finance Ministry, Rodry Ann Maria Celeste, won the national worker of the year award, for commitment going beyond normal duties and for helping speed up public service processes.
The head of the Cospicua middle school, Charmaine Eshout, was named manager of the year for her efforts in turning the school into one of the best in the country.
Meanwhile, AFM captain Emanuel Bugelli, who hails from the General Workers’ Union’s disciplined bodies section, won the trade union representative of the year award. The award did not just recognise his proposals for a sectoral agreement, but also his role in defending the crew of the P52 patrol boat who found themselves subject to a magisterial inquiry over claims that they sabotaged a migrant vessel and aided in its pushback to Libya. 12 migrants had died, but the inquiry cleared the AFM and the Prime Minister of any wrongdoing within a month.
The Administrative Law Enforcement section of the Police Force was named team of the year in light of the broadening of its environmental protection duties and for its role in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw its officers inspect the residences of positive or quarantined persons.
Baxter Ltd was named organisation of the year for its family-friendly measures, particularly in the way it adapted to the challenges of the pandemic.
The Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) won an award for promoting sustainability and/or social responsibility for its work on improving the information system at Id-Dar tal-Providenza. The home has now been equipped with internet for residents and visitors alike.
The Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry was recognised as the employer’s representative of the year for its service to its members and for its consultations with the government.