MUT announces industrial actions across the board
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The Malta Union of Teachers has declared a trade dispute with the Government, and has announce industrial actions across the board.
The Union has said at a press conference that following a meeting with the Ministry for Education and Employment this morning, the trade dispute had been declared with the Government in relation to the Sectoral agreement negotiations.
The MUT said that it will be issuing a total of 50 directives for all grades in State and Church schools across Gozo and Malta.
“The latter are included as negotiations also affect directly the financial package for grades at these schools,” the Union said.
The first set of directives are effective this coming Monday, with the Union then announcing an incremental number of directives on a daily basis.
A one-day strike has also been ordered by the MUTfor all grades in State and Church Schools on Wednesday, the 8th of November, and a one-hour strike for all grades at MCAST and ITS on the same day.
The Union added that it feels that in spite of positive reassurance, “when it comes to tangible proposals educators are being short-changed with a financial proposal which on average would result in an increase over a number of years of less than 5%.”
It is also negotiating two other agreements with the Government, the Collective agreement of MCAST and the Collective agreement of ITS.
The MUT said that it believes that the Government is “dragging its feet in these negotiations and the current financial offer of the Sectoral agreement.”
MUT President Marco Bonnici stated that, “prominent members of the Government have been saying for weeks now that educators have had the smallest increases in salaries and allowances throughout all the negotiations that happened in the past ten years and more.”
The Union submitted its financial proposals in summer that requested compensation for the additional work introduced in the past years.
The MUT gave the Government ample time to come back with proposals. However, after endless meetings and many promises, no acceptable financial proposal has been presented to the Union.”
The Government in a statement said it was “committed to strengthening conditions for the teaching profession following 25 years of neglect under a Nationalist Government.”
It reiterated that it is confident that an agreement can be reached with the Union. “The Government has been negotiating for some time on this agreement and a significant number of points have been discussed that were proposed by the MUT, and have been agreed by the Government.”
The Government said that it has also made a number of proposals to improve conditions, which go beyond those requested.
It added that while it recognises the right of these industrial actions, it called on the Union “to get back round the table in order to finalise the agreement in the best interest of all.”
The Education Ministry said that it will issue regular update to parents about the actions on the website as well as by SMS.