Air Malta sues ALPA for damages suffered during July’s industrial action

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Air Malta is suing the pilots’ union ALPA for damages, as it believes that last July’s industrial action did not fall within definition of industrial dispute.

Air Malta has issued this action against ALPA and the members of its executive board.

Air Malta had asked the Court for an injunction against ALPA after the union ordered its industrial action last July.

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According to the airline, the factual reason behind ALPA’s industrial action was to obtain pay guarantees from the government as shareholder in Air Malta.

The airline company said that during talks with the pilots’ association about the collective agreement, it always sought for a sensible compromise. However, it added that when the talks were practically completed in June, the association demanded financial guarantees from the government.

Air Malta believes that the industrial action was illegal as defined by the law. It asked the Court to acknowledge that this broke the collective agreement.

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