Gozo Channel employees were instructed not to secure the ferry boats to the pier in the latest industrial action by UĦM – Voices of the Workers. The new directives were announced on Sunday in a statement and would see them start as of Monday 17th September.
The Union said that the new directives were issued to the Gozo Channel employees to protest the different working conditions which contracted workers were subjected to. The Union said that the situation has escalated and an official meeting took place with the Director of Works on the 4th September.
However, the UĦM noted that since then, no official response had been communicated with regards to the situation of the employees.
Gozo Channel employees have different work conditions to the contracted employees working in various grades from cabin attendants to sailors. The cabin attendants were instructed not to clean the toilets, while the sailors were instructed not to tie the ship to the pier.
The union warned that the directives would only be halted once the contracted employees were given identical conditions for the same work that other workers were carrying out.