The Malta Union of Teachers has ordered lecturers at Junior College to initiate industrial actions as from tomorrow, and a strike next week.
This comes following an unresolved trade dispute between the University of Malta and the Government, which was first declared in August 2021.
“Negotiations on a new collective agreement, which have been carried out during the past two years, reached a standstill, and conciliation meetings held did not lead to a positive outcome to conclude negotiations to the satisfaction of all,” the MUT said in a statement.
In view of a positive outcome not being reached between the two parties involved, the MUT has now resorted to means of a strike.
The MUT has ordered a number of directives, which are coming into effect tomorrow. The directives given are as follows:
- Refrain from answering all emails
- Refrain from answering internal phone calls
- Refrain from uploading or handing over assessment marks
- Refrain from attending departmental meetings
- Refrain from attending a committee meeting
- Refrain from organising CPD meetings
- Refrain from attending meetings at tal-Qroqq and any other campus
- Refrain from giving contact hours outside timetabled hours
- Refrain from participating in official UM/JC events
- Refrain from returning attendances
Unless there is a positive resolution to the dispute, the union shall be escalating industrial actions with a two-hour strike next week on 24th January from 11.00 till 13.00.
If a solution is not reached by then, it will be followed by a one-day strike on 25th January.
The trade dispute was initially registered after talks over a new collective agreement for junior college lecturers had failed.
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