Public transport industrial action averted
Arriva Malta has announced that following the intervention of Transport Malta Chairman and CEO, James Piscopo, industrial action that would have severely affected Malta’s public transport has been averted.
All parties involved have reached a satisfactory agreement that safeguards the interests of both drivers and the business, and ensures commuters – especially those who depend on buses for their daily travel needs – will not be affected.
As part of the final agreement, the planned switch-over to the winter timetables has been postponed by two days in order to allow all organisations involved to inform their staff and members.
The winter timetables are now scheduled to come into force on November 5, 2013. Commuters are advised to keep this in mind when planning their travel.
Earlier today Arriva Malta said that it had not received official notification of a dispute with the GWU despite the recent press release issued by the Union. Notwithstanding this, Arriva Malta said that it had reached out to the GWU in talks held yesterday in the presence of the Director for Employment and Industrial Relations. The bus company had made a number of payment concessions that go above the current collective agreement, but informed the GWU that it cannot accept other ‘unrealistic’ proposals made by the Union.