Updated MUT calls off strike
The President of the Malta Union of Teachers, Marco Bonnici announced that the teachers’ strike for Monday has been called off. The decision came after a meeting with officials from the Education Ministry including Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima and Permanent Secretary Frank Fabri. The meeting took place on Saturday late morning at the Education Ministry in Floriana.
During the meeting, the issues that were raised throughout the week were raised once more with the officials. The Union asked that the clauses listed would be removed from the Bill before it is put up for discussion. The Union also reiterated that it would be an unacceptable situation if it were told that it had misinterpreted the clauses in questions. The MUT and the Education Ministry therefore reached an agreement that both the new clauses regarding the warrant and licence related to continuous professional development would be removed.
Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said that the education sector comes with many challenges and requires the institutions to work together.
Earlier on Saturday, the MUT met to discuss the way forward following the publication of a letter in which the Government has withdrawn the Education Bill. In a formal letter sent to the Parliamentary Speaker Anglu Farrugia, the Education Minister Evarist Bartolo has withdrawn the bill ahead of Monday’s strike.
The controversial Bill has sparked protests from the teachers and educators themselves, saying that if such a Bill had to become law, their warrant would be revoked. The MUT has proceeded to call a general strike for Monday, which is still in force at the time of writing.
In a Facebook post, Union President Marco Bonnici informed the members that a meeting will be held on Saturday morning to discuss the way forward. He thanked the educators and teachers for their support which led to the Government withdrawing the Bill on Friday.
No agreement was reached between the MUT and the Education Ministry after a conciliatory meeting on Friday. The Education Minister appealed to the MUT once to call off the strike following the Government’s withdrawal of the Bill.
When replying to questions by the media, Bartolo said that the Government was prepared for the eventuality of a strike and would be communicating with the parents accordingly, in case the general strike by the teachers goes ahead as planned.
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