The Malta Independent 23 June 2024, Sunday
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Agreement reached on new collective agreement for teachers

Friday, 24 May 2024, 16:26 Last update: about 28 days ago

An agreement has been reached between the government and the Malta Union of Teachers for educators to get a new collective agreement, thereby avoiding any possibility of further strikes.

The Education Ministry said in a short statement that talks which stretched into this week with the MUT had allowed for an agreement to be reached.

The MUT will now go to its members and table the agreement for their members to approve.

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The Ministry and the MUT thanked those who discussed the matter around the debating table for their work and commitment to reach this stage.

Prime Minister Robert Abela welcomed the news on social media.

“I welcome the successful conclusion of the new collective agreement negotiations with MUT. Kudos to Minister Grima & all the dedicated civil servants involved. This will mark a significant & unprecedented investment in our children's education and the future of our islands,” Abela said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The contents of the agreement were not published, but Abela has said that teachers will be getting a salary increase which is unprecedented in the country’s history.

The agreement has been on the cards for months, pushing the MUT to order a one-day strike in November.

Last week, the union also gave the government a one-week ultimatum - which expired today - saying it was ready to order industrial action unless the deadlock was resolved.

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