Air Malta persistently negotiated in bad faith, says ALPA

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The Maltese Airline Pilots Association, ALPA, issued a statement to clarify that the vote in relation to Air Malta’s ‘final’ proposals was taken after consulting the pilots made redundant.

ALPA said that the said proposals were then rejected by 96% of the votes cast by the members who were retained in employment by the company. Moreover, none of the said members voted in favour thereof. The Association issued this statement in reply to Air Malta’s statements.

According to Air Malta, the Maltese Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) has refused an offer made by the airline that would have seen all the flight deck crew, including the 69 pilots previously made redundant, secure their employment and re-instated back to their jobs.

On Tuesday, Air Malta described that the offer meant that most of the pilots would have had to accept a reduction in their salary. The offer would have seen the currently employed pilots accept a 20% reduction in their basic pay, while the 69 redundant pilots would have been re-employed at 50% of their previous basic pay. 

The offer also mentioned that all pilots would have seen their basic pay increase to 90% of their previous wage in April 2022 and revert to full basic pay in April 2023.

ALPA said that Air Malta has persistently negotiated in bad faith and has taken advantage of the current circumstances in an attempt at forcing the Association’s hand to renounce to core rights deriving from its members’ freedom of association.

ALPA clarified that the proposals forwarded by the company are “divisive in nature and discriminate between the conditions of employment offered to employees who were retained in employment and between those offered to members whose employment was unjustly terminated.”

According to the association the airline has repeatedly stressed that the conclusion of an agreement is dependent on ALPA’s renunciation to the rights contained in the Agreement entered into with the Government of Malta on 26th January, 2018.

“The Government of Malta, as the main shareholder of the national airline, has, therefore, alsosanctioned the strategic use of negotiation tactics which run counter to core European and democratic values in an attempt at trampling on employee rights” – stated ALPA which also stated that it feels perplexed by the fact that the Government has provided financial assistance to businesses and employees negatively affected by the pandemic but has failed to safeguard the employment of pilots.

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