UPE registers industrial dispute over reopening of schools

Updated 05:01 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers has registered an industrial dispute with the Education Ministry over the reopening of schools scheduled to take place on Monday, insisting that this was not viable in light of the high number of Covid-19 cases being reported.

At a press conference, the UPE said that it would be issuing directives to its members starting from Monday, 28 September, and that its members are being urged to be increasingly vigilant of the guidelines issued by the public health authorities.

Once a breach is noted, members are to report it to the head of school and leave the classroom with immediate effect. They are only to resume work as per schedule once the breach has been rectified.

The union had insisted that learning should take place online until there is a significant decrease in Covid-19 cases.

“The risk of transmission is currently way too high thus putting our members at immediate unreasonable risk. This concern was further confirmed by the Minister of Education and Employment as well as the Prime Minister himself in televised interviews,” the UPE maintained.

It urged the ministry to resume social dialogue over the matter, pointing out that it had a solution at hand.