Nurses suspend industrial action

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The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses has suspended its industrial action – due to start today – after deeming itself satisfied with the concessions made by the government over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic on yesterday’s MCESD meeting.

The MUMN nevertheless warned that it was aware that there will be a drastic increase of new Covid-19 cases starting from today – and that such a high number of cases would continue to be registered for a number of week.

“The second wave of Covid-19 has commenced in Malta,” it said.

The union said that the agreement has led to a complete ban on mass events, with the exception of “certain organised events” which are to be limited in the number of attendees. However, the Medical Association of Malta has interpreted the government’s concessions differently, and will be continuing the doctors’ strike.

It also said that Prime Minister Robert Abela pledged to introduce rigorous enforcement which would be taken seriously, and that a new legal notice would be issued with the aim of bringing the number of daily Covid-19 cases down to single figures.

“MUMN is allowing the Government to prove itself on the enforcement needed desperately to reduce the high spike of cases which will be hitting Malta and therefore MUMN is suspending all directives which were  to start today at 7am,” it said.

But it warned that should it not be satisfied with the government’s actions, it would ultimately proceed with its industrial action.

The MUMN’s announcement was welcomed by Health Minister Chris Fearne, who, in an apparent dig at the MAM, insisted that everyone should pull the same rope in such a difficult period.