95% of GWU members approve Air Malta cancellation deal

95% of general trade unionists working at Air Malta voted in favor of an agreement between the union and the government on a severance package.

Voting took place at two meetings held on Wednesday and Thursday, with a majority of members voting in favor of an agreement that included an early retirement scheme.

The GWU represents Air Malta’s administrative staff and ground handlers.

An agreement was reached in February that workers leaving the national airline as part of a last-ditch cost-cutting effort would be guaranteed jobs in the public sector at a guaranteed take-home pay.

However, the new agreement also introduces an early retirement scheme for workers. Finance Minister Clyde Caruana did not initially plan to include Air Malta, which is under its jurisdiction.

GWU Executive Director Josef Bugeja said the government, Air Malta and trade unions have agreed on an early retirement scheme and an extension of the dates for Air Malta employees to be transferred to state-owned company RSSL.

The new deadline for transfers will be December 31, 2022, after it became clear that the previous deadline of August 12 will not be reached.

The company received 571 applications from a total of 824 eligible employees before the application deadline on February 11. This is considerably more than the government expected.

The GWU said Section Chief Sandro Vella participated in the negotiations. 95% of GWU members approve Air Malta cancellation deal

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