All Air Malta cabin crew employees to retain jobs – Minister

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Minister Silvio Schembri announced that after reaching agreement with the union representing the cabin crew employees, all employees will retain their jobs.

Today the Economy Minister met with the Union for Cabin Crew (UCC) to discuss the dispute between both parties caused by the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the economy.

During the meeting, an agreement was reached between the two parties for all employees to keep their jobs, whilst the Government helps the company emerge from these tough economic times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This news comes after earlier this month, 50 members of the union decided to take legal action against the UCC as they could understand why the union did not agree with Air Malta to re-employ its members on a definite contract. According to the same sources, some members of the union stated that in view of this development they have a union representing them which is insisting that its members remain unemployed.

In the beginning of April, cabin crew on a definite contract at the national airline had received emails informing them that they will be unemployed as of May.

The Minister today detailed that the employees had to give up some of the conditions they were vying for, but will end up keeping their jobs. He said that their sacrifice will result in a more competitive performance by the national airline. Due to them, the Minister said, the Government will manage to save the national airline.

Following this win for the Government, the Minister hopes to reach an agreement with ALPA, the association which represents the pilots.

Bi pjaċir nilqa l-vot tal-Cabin Crew tal-Air Malta favur kundizzjonijiet tax-xogħol li se jgħinu lill-kumpanija toħroġ…

Posted by Silvio Schembri on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

161 in favour, 90 against

Newsbook.com.mt‘s source said that UCC members today voted about the last proposals upon which agreement was reached.

In total, 299 members were eligible to vote. Out of these 299 members. there were 252 that voted. 161 members voted in favour of the proposals, whilst 90 voted against.

Lawyer Mariah Mula who represents around 50 members of the cabin crew on a definite contract said that she is pleased with today’s result. Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, Dr Mula said that her clients faced hardship to make their voices heard, and today’s result is witness to this.

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