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Air Malta goes to industrial tribunal over cabin crew directives

Air Malta yesterday presented an application to the industrial tribunal to urgently hear a case against the Union of Cabin Crew for issuing directives to its members to reduce in-flight service onboard Air Malta flights.
The UCC claims negotiations on the new collective agreement came to a standstill, while Air Malta management say that despite several conciliatory meetings between Air Malta and the UCC “a resolution to this dispute was not found.”
In its application Air Malta said it presented the UCC with “a reasonable offer that compares well to both local and international standards” and which took into account the company’s circumstances.
The airline said that before commencing the industrial action, both parties had reached an agreement on a significant number of clauses, except those related to the financial package.
Air Malta said the UCC’s actions harmed its reputation among customers and airline partners and were creating unnecessary inconveniences to its passengers.
The airline called on the Industrial Tribunal to declare Air Malta’s offer acceptable, to instruct both parties to sign the agreement on Air Malta’s offer and to order the UCC to stop its industrial actions.
The dispute between the cabin crew union and the management at Air Malta has long been escalating since directives were issued after a delay on an Air Malta flight.
The breakdown in talks between both sides led to an unprecedented decision to stop inflight services.

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