Court rejects ALPA’s request to prevent Air Malta from dismissing 69 pilots
The Court, presided by Mr Justice Toni Abela rejected the protest presented by the pilots’ union to prevent Air Malta from dismissing 69 pilots.
In a decree, the Court however upheld ALPA’s request on the demotions of pilots who will continue to work with the company and ordered an inhibition warrant against Air Malta.
In a reaction to the decision ALPHA issued a statement that in future it will be taking Court procedures to ensure its dismissed members will be given an adequate remedy.
The development occurred after no agreement was reached between Air Malta and ALPA on the new working conditions of pilots as the national airline had to cancel thousands of flights with huge financial loss due to the pandemic.
On Facebook, Economy Minister Silvio Schembri said that the Court upheld Air Malta’s arguments on its decision to reduce the number of pilots in the light of lack of cooperation on the part of the pilots’ union.
Minister Schembri stated that during the pandemic circumstances that left a great impact on the national airline, the pilots did not accept to shoulder their part of duty as the rest of the company’s workers did.
ALPA said that in recent months the Air Malta management and the Government began exerting pressure for the union to relinquish some of its rights although these had been agreed in a Collective Agreement and according to ALPA have no bearing on the pandemic.
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