Updated: MUT orders one-day teachers strike for Monday
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Update with statement from For.U.M below – The Malta Union of Teachers has ordered a one-day strike for Monday. The announcement was made following a meeting of the MUT Council on Wednesday evening.
In a statement the MUT said that the declared trade dispute was over the plans of the Government to “undermine the profession and the professional status of educators through the education act presented in Parliament.”
It said that it expects the Education Act bills to be withdrawn, adding that it is “astonished how the Government is denying these unprecedented and objectionable issues included in the new education act, which will have wide-ranging implications on teachers’ warrants and the newly proposed KGEs licences and LSEs licences.”
The MUT said that the strike will be for all educators in State, Church and Independent schools including Post-secondary and Tertiary institutions, and they are being directed not to report to work on Monday, the 8th of October.
It added that this includes all educators working in services, centres, departments and directorates. “A set of industrial actions will also be issued following the strike.” All members and non-members of the MUT are being covered by the Union during the strike action, said the Union.
A day of mourning of the profession has also been declared by the MUT, for Friday, the 5th of October – World Teachers’ Day.
“Members are encouraged to wear something black during the day and change their social media profile pictures to an image which will be provided tomorrow,” the MUT added.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry in a statement said that it calls the MUT back to another meeting tomorrow morning with goodwill on reaching an agreement.
“The Ministry is available to meet at any time during the day tomorrow for a calm and reasoned discussion around the table,” it said.
The Ministry concluded by saying that, “as stated repeatedly, the Ministry has every intention to meet, explain, clarify and where necessary amend this Bill, which is still at an early stage, and there is every chance of improving it.”
Forum Unions Maltin in a statement this morning, said that it “strongly supports” the MUT’s position and industrial action in order to safeguard the interest of its members and the teaching profession, adding that “it will not hesitate to take any necessary action required in order to protect the interests of all of its members.”
For.U.M. noted that “once a Union negotiates a collective agreement, whereby conditions of work and obligations have been agreed upon, the Union cannot expect to find measures which change conditions of work for employees through a legislation.”