MUT declares trade dispute with MCAST; directives as of Thursday

The Malta Union of Teachers issued six directives to its members at MCAST following the failure of the college to honour the Collective Agreement reached with the Union earlier this year. The directives shall come into force from Thursday 6 December.

On Monday the Union informed the MCAST management and the Ministry of Education that it declared a trade dispute with the college after MCAST failed to adhere to the provisions of the Collective Agreements regarding the issue of salaries and allowances. The Union declared this on its website saying that MCAST had repeated a series of mistakes in salaries and arrears. MUT said that the issue had been raised from the first days of the academic year and reached an agreement with the college and the Ministry of Education to have the situation solved.

The directives issued by MUT includes the indefinite withholding of attendance records by lecturers and communication with students limited to within time-tabled hours.

On their website, the MUT said that issue concerns the salary and allowances workings which were being worked out wrongly and to date the majority of its members were still to receive their correct dues. The Union further said that other concerns were about the progression exercise which has not been initiated even though affected grades have submitted their requests several months ago.

According to the Union, MCAST has ignored the terms of agreement in the issue of the refund of the works resources. The Union explained that consent forms were issued instead to the members outside of the established parameters. The MUT said that the work resources were not finalized even though this would come into force as of January 2019.

The directives issued by the MUT were the following:

1) No communication with management, including verbal, written, email, participation in staff meetings and meetings with coordinators;

2) Attendance records withheld by lecturers indefinitely;

3) Communication with students only within time-tabled hours;

4) No assignments submitted for verification purposes;

5) No participation in any extra curricular activities, including graduation ceremonies, media events, and institute visits;

6) No industrial visits, apprenticeship visits and internship visits.