News | Wednesday, 06 January 2010

GWU ‘yes’ to wage freeze at Air Malta

Insists however that the proposed freeze must apply to all categories

Karl Stagno-Navarra

The General Workers Union said yesterday that it was prepared to accept a wage freeze on salaries at Air Malta given the dire financial situation at the national airline, however it stressed that this “freeze” must apply to all categories.
In a statement issued to counter the contents of an interview given to sister paper Malta Today last Sunday by Air Malta CEO Joe Cappello, the General Workers Union stressed that it had proposed at the start of talks on a new collective agreement to “freeze current salaries, as long as this applied to everyone.”
The GWU noted however that the airline CEO revealed with Malta Today that talks concluded with the unions representing the cabin crews, pilots and engineers included financial benefits: “Therefore the GWU expects the same for its members,” the union said.
In its statement, the GWU explained that it had made proposals on worker flexibility and it remained committed to reaching an agreement with the airline as long as the workers lost none of their current working conditions, while it was neither prepared to give up its calls for an airline commitment not to out-source sections of the company and not to carry out forced redundancies.
The GWU concluded that it would shoulder its responsibilities, but would not shoulder the burdens imposed by mismanagement.



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