Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The Union representing Air Malta’s pilots is set to discuss their next moves after the airline decided to sue the union for damages.
The National airline is looking for repayment of damages from the union after it called industrial action in July.
Air Malta says that the shortlived industrial action, which caused a number of morning flights to be delayed by around 30 minutes, was not completely lawful within the grounds of industrial disputes.
ALPA said that Air Malta’s decision to launch proceedings was, ‘yet another attempt at undermining our members’ freedom of association.’
‘These judicial proceedings represent yet another attempt at undermining our members’ freedom of association and their liberty to conduct negotiations in their best interests, as well as at dissuading them from insisting on the observance of the rights deriving from the Collective Agreement currently in force.’
They added that it had impacted on their member’s ability to negotiate for what was right and thus pushed them away from ensuring the collective agreement they were negotiating for, was upheld.
In the legal case involving the union and the airline, ALPA argued that they had called on members to carry out the industrial action because of serious disagreements over the removal of the healthcare plan from the collective agreement, as well as bullying treatment of its members by certain officials whom were part of the negotiation.
Air Malta argued instead that the action was taken because the pilots were not being guaranteed their early retirement scheme sum of almost €700,000, should the airline go under.
ALPA has said that it is acting in the best interests of its membership and would be preparing itself legally. ‘ALPA will also be calling an Extraordinary General Meeting in order to decide on the way forward,’ they added.