Court upholds Air Malta’s request to block pilots’ industrial action

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A civil court has upheld an Air Malta’s request for a warrant of prohibitory injunction against the pilots’ union, ALPA, barring its members from resorting to industrial action.

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Air Malta had filed the request earlier in July after ALPA had said that it would start an industrial action over an ongoing dispute. The industrial action would have seen flights delayed by 30 minutes.

In court ALPA’s vice president Matthew Degiorgio had said that talks failed after Air Malta’s Chief Flight Operations Officer Emvic Debono failed to resign. ALPA said they had faced unfounded threats of disciplinary action.

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The government had said that the pilots wanted a guarantee over the early retirement scheme payment which sat at €700,000. Something which was denied in court when an ALPA representative testified.

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Air Malta’s chief commercial officer had testified that the national airline risked making an estimated daily loss of €160,000 had the industrial action gone ahead.

Mr Justice Toni Abela declared that Air Malta had proven that it had a right to the injunction and confirmed the warrant which had been provisionally upheld in July 1.

ALPA is therefore prohibited from undertaking the planned industrial action.