The Executive Committee reiterated that, over the past months, the members of the Association have witnessed and have been subjected to systematic attacks on their freedom of association by both Air Malta and by its majority shareholder, the Government of Malta.
Air Malta fired 69 of its pilots late on Friday night, the vice president of the pilot association, Matthew Degiorgio, told Newsbook.com.mt, on Monday. The sacked pilots turned up at Air Malta's head office in Skyparks to return their uniform and company equipment.
On Saturday Air Malta made 69 pilots redundant after talks failed between the national airline and the union representing the pilots. The airline said that it was unable to meet their “unreasonable demands”.
According to the letter sent to these employees and which Newsbook.com.mt received a copy of the 60 pilots and cabin crew will not be made to work during the notice period, till end of June.
Europe's largest low fares airlines said that the 250 individuals have been laid off and these would not be required to return to work on 1 June, when Ryanair's offices reopen, due to the substantial decline in traffic that the airline is facing in 2020.
A Survey carried out by the Malta Chamber obtained an almost 50-50 response to the efficacy of the economic aid packages announced so far by the government.
The president of the Malta Chamber Perit David Xuereb said that the mini-budget announced by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for the Economy was disappointing.