The Malta Independent 16 July 2019, Tuesday

Still no agreement on number of issues relating to Agenzija Sapport industrial action - UHM

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 18:10 Last update: about 11 months ago

The UHM has said that there is still no agreement on a number of points in relation to industrial action at Aġenzija Sapport.

Yesterday, The Parliamentary Secretariat for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, which is led by Anthony Agius Decelis, called the directives taken by the UĦM 'disproportionate' and 'excessive', saying that the union had already agreed to raises in both the workers' basic salary and their number of allowances. The secretariat said yesterday that the UĦM was arguing that a small amount of workers, around 12 in fact, who are working in the field based on their experience should be given a higher pay grade.


The union said today that contrary to statements made by the Parliamentary Secretariat, there was no agreement on a number of points.

The union previously said that the industrial action was issued as a result of a deadlock in talks over a new collective agreement, and warned that unless progress was made the matter would escalate further.  The previous collective agreement had expired in 2016. As per the directives issued by the UĦM, care workers, social workers and occupational therapists have been instructed not to communicate with clients, not to compile reports, and not to attend meetings. The workers were also ordered not to attend any appointments with clients. 

The UHM, today, said that it has not yet received the revised document to present it to the workers. The union said that while it sympathises with clients and their families, it urges the Parliamentary Secretary to intervene on the pending material and stop the discomfort caused from the dragging of feet.



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