UPE threatens to strike

Ritratt: FES

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Union for Professional Educators has threatened to strike on Saturday evening as it seeking to hold an urgent meeting with the education authorities by later than Monday after Malta registered its highest daily record to date when 204 new coronavirus infections were detected overnight.

The union expressed its concern about the health and safety of its members at all levels.

An urgent meeting by not later than Monday 19 October has been requested by the union after it weighed down the implications of the numbers being recorded. It added that if the dialogue fails to take place within the stipulated timeframe, it will issue a number of directives before escalating the situation and calling its members to strike.

The union has urged the government to accept what it called its last invitation to discuss the provision of online education in order to ensure the safety of educators and students alike. The UPE has also called on educators who are still without a union to join.

Earlier on Saturday, the other union, the Malta Union of Teachers has requested protocols for school closure from the education authorities, while the Maltese Association of Psychiatrists called on the authorities not to close down schools saying that this would rob a generation for its education.

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