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Air Malta warns GWU its declaration of industrial dispute is unlawful

6-Jul-2011 11:29 AM

Air Malta warned the General Workers’ Union that its declaration of an industrial dispute did not fall within the definitions of the law, and that it would hold the union responsible for any consequences that may arise from its actions (Times of Malta, 05-Jul-2011). The union had registered an industrial dispute against Air Malta because no job guarantees had been given. The carrier’s restructuring plan includes 511 employees losing their jobs, and the government pledging EUR10 million to finance voluntary retirement. Air Malta stated it is not able to give such guarantees as the restructuring process is controlled by the company’s financial position. Air Malta maintains the right to sue the GWU for damages and has called on the union to not take actions that would further weaken the country. [more]