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Court upholds MCAST request for prohibitory injunction against MUT; industrial action suspended

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A request for a warrant of prohibitory injuction filed by MCAST against the Malta Union of Teachers to stop the industrial actions ordered by the union has been provisionally upheld, the college said in a statement,

The action included a strike scheduled for today and tomorrow.

In a statement, MCAST said that while “we understand and appreciate the right to resort to industrial action, MCAST feels that such actionscannottake place during ongoing negotiationsparticularly whensuch meetings  registered significant progress towards reaching a final agreement.  MCAST strongly believes that these directives are abusive and illegal and in contradiction of the collective agreement provisions, particularly clause 46.1

These industrial actions are being carried out during exams period, directly disrupting the college’s operations and worst of all, the students’ exams preparations. It is the duty of the management and the Board of Governors to safeguard the students’ interests especially when such actions are unfairly targeting them.

MCAST said it fails to understand the logic whereby MUT has decided to revert and increase industrial actions, thereby stalling negotiations once again at a stage when significant progress had been achievedand negotiations were still ongoing with another meeting already scheduled.

To date,an agreement had been reached on a number of issuesincluding that ofincreasing the maximum salary for all lecturers to the maximum level proposed by MUT for 2018.Today MCAST filed a court injunctionagainst the union of the teachers, the MUT, to stop the industrial actions ordered by the union which include a strike scheduled for tomorrow Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26.

The judge has provisionally upheld the request.

While we understand and appreciate the right to resort to industrial action, MCAST feels that such actionscannottake place during ongoing negotiationsparticularly whensuch meetings  registered significant progress towards reaching a final agreement.  MCAST strongly believes that these directives are abusive and illegal and in contradiction of the collective agreement provisions, particularly clause 46.1

46.1 Both parties recognise That Agreement to Print-the well-being of Both-the MCAST And The Employee dependent upon the maintenance-of-the Good Industrial relations and peace. They, therefore, REACH Seek to an amicable settlement to Satisfactory Both sides through meaningful discussion and agree That no arbitrary action Designed to withholding tax labor Shall BE Taken by either side ‘unless Discussion Have Been exhausted without a positive result’

These industrial actions are being carried out during exams period, directly disrupting the College’s operations and worst of all, the students’ exams preparations. It is the duty of the management and the Board of Governors to safeguard the students’ interests especially when such actions are unfairly targeting them.

 

MCAST fails to understand the logic whereby MUT has decided to revert and increase industrial actions, thereby stalling negotiations once again at a stage when significant progress had been achievedand negotiations were still ongoing with another meeting already scheduled.

 

To date,an agreement had been reached on a number of issuesincluding that ofincreasing the maximum salary for all lecturers to the maximum level proposed by MUT for 2018.

MCAST, therefore, appeals to MUT to once again allow negotiations to continue.

MCAST, therefore, appeals to MUT to once again allow negotiations to continue.arties recognise That Agreement to Print-the well-being of Both-the MCAST And The Employee dependent upon the maintenance-of-the Good Industrial relations and peace. They, therefore, REACH Seek to an amicable settlement to Satisfactory Both sides through meaningful discussion and agree That no arbitrary action Designed to withholding tax labor Shall BE Taken by either side ‘unless Discussion Have Been exhausted without a positive result’

These industrial actions are being carried out during exams period, directly disrupting the College’s operations and worst of all, the students’ exams preparations. It is the duty of the management and the Board of Governors to safeguard the students’ interests especially when such actions are unfairly targeting them.

 

MCAST fails to understand the logic whereby MUT has decided to revert and increase industrial actions, thereby stalling negotiations once again at a stage when significant progress had been achievedand negotiations were still ongoing with another meeting already scheduled.

 

To date,an agreement had been reached on a number of issuesincluding that ofincreasing the maximum salary for all lecturers to the maximum level proposed by MUT for 2018.

MCAST, therefore, appeals to MUT to once again allow negotiations to continue.

Original article found on The Malta Independent

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