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The majority of workers employed on building sites are non-Maltese. Construction is one of the ma... [more]

The majority of workers employed on building sites are non-Maltese. Construction is one of the main industries where migrants and refugees – treated as a source of cheap labour and handsome profit by contractors and developers – find employment. Shifting responsibility for the dire situation in the construction sector onto foreign workers could be an easy trick for developers.

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The Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) has contacted the Secretariat for Catholic Education after it h... [more]

The Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) has contacted the Secretariat for Catholic Education after it held a meeting with the Ministry for Education and Employment in relation to situations where serving employees are appointed to another grade with the same employer. The MUT stated that changes in the Public Service Management Code earlier this year, together with changes in the sectoral/collective agreements, implied that serving officers who are promoted or appointed to new grades do not start from the first step of the scale but from a higher point.

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Some state heads of school have forwarded a warning by a teacher union to their staff that discip... [more]

Some state heads of school have forwarded a warning by a teacher union to their staff that disciplinary action could be taken against them if they follow a new rival teacher union’s industrial action directives. The Malta Teachers’ Union (MUT) last week emailed a circular to state heads, requesting that they forward it to educators and place it on a noticeboard where all can see it.

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In its recently published Annual Review of Working Life 2018, Eurofound reported that Malta has r... [more]

In its recently published Annual Review of Working Life 2018, Eurofound reported that Malta has recorded its lowest ever percentage of workers belonging to a union, despite the fact that the Registrar of Trade Unions had reported that Trade Union membership increased by 1,562 during that year. Yet, that year saw an increase of some 13,000 in the working population. This means that less and less persons joining the official working force are becoming trade union members.

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State school teachers have been hit with the news that foreign supply teachers will be recruited ... [more]

State school teachers have been hit with the news that foreign supply teachers will be recruited for certain subjects to cater for a worrying teacher shortage. The Permanent Secretary at the Education Ministry admitted that the pool of qualified Maltese teachers for certain subjects like maths and IT isn’t enough to cater for the shortage and that foreign supply teachers will have to be hired as a result. This announcement hasn’t gone down well with Malta’s teachers’ unions.

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An industrial action ordered by pilots, delaying Air Malta flights by half an hour. The action wa... [more]

An industrial action ordered by pilots, delaying Air Malta flights by half an hour. The action was called off after a court upheld a request by the airline to temporarily stop the action. The pilots had launched their industrial action over a dispute about the collective agreement and threats of disciplinary measures against some of the union members. In the following weeks, Air Malta instituted court action against the pilots' union, claiming that their industrial action was illegal and demanding payment of damages. The action was filed against ALPA the Airline Pilots Association and the members of its executive committee.

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The GWU trade union section for the Professionals, Finance and Services and the Bank of Valletta ... [more]

The GWU trade union section for the Professionals, Finance and Services and the Bank of Valletta signed a three-year Collective Agreement covering the working conditions for workers at the Bank of Valletta for the years 2019 to 2021. The agreement aims to further enhance the conditions of employment and ameliorates current family-friendly measures that assist employees reach a better work-life balance.

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Some foreign workers were being paid as little as €1 an hour, UĦM Voice of the Workers CEO Josef ... [more]

Some foreign workers were being paid as little as €1 an hour, UĦM Voice of the Workers CEO Josef Vella revealed yesterday, insisting that the situation with precarious work in Malta was the worst it had ever been. To make things even worse the union found out that the money is not paid directly to these workers but is instead sent to an agency in India. According to the union more regulation is needed to prevent an influx from cheap labour that negatively impacts wage level across the country.

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Given that pensions in the country are only 1.2 times the poverty line workers might have to dela... [more]

Given that pensions in the country are only 1.2 times the poverty line workers might have to delay retirement if they want to maintain living standards. Government is keen to launch a discussion of additional measures to encourage elderly workers to stay in the workforce but there are other ways to solve this problem. Government could also substantially increase pensions. In comparison, in Spain pensions are on average 1.7 times the poverty line.

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According to Eurostat data the national minimum wage that is currently set at 762 euro a month, i... [more]

According to Eurostat data the national minimum wage that is currently set at 762 euro a month, is below the European Union average. The average minimum wage across the European Union was 924 euro a month. Southern European member states, including Malta, Greece, Portugal and Spain, all had minimum wages ranging between 650 and just over 1000 euro per month. The minimum wage in Malta is higher than the minimum wage in Greece and Portugal but lower than in Slovenia and Spain. While the vast majority of the EU member have a national minimum wage, Denmark, Italy, Cyprus, Austria, Finland and Sweden do not have a set minimum wage.

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