UPE orders industrial actions

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Union of Professional Educators (UPE) has ordered several industrial actions following the Department of Education’s “abusive conduct”.

Key directives include the following:

  • LSEs, KGEs and teachers that are members of the UPE are not to attend or carry out any work on IEPs;
  • LSEs Members of UPE are not to work on adaptations;
  • LSEs members of UPE are not to carry out and document observations in school.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the union said that the Ministry of Education is taking advantage of educators and does not pay for all the hours that one does overtime. Payments are also an issue when it comes to those educators that have transport duties.

UPE also mentions how “the lack of attention given to the recent sectorial agreement, has given rise to incredible injustice.” This as educators with the grade of LSE2 are not all being paid at the same rate.

The Department of Education seems also to be denying its employees from key information. It is also “refusing to publish” a document that illustrates the required ratios between students and educators.