Malta -Court declares bus strike illegal -October 24, 2015

The court has confirmed that a bus strike in September was ‘illegal’. Malta Public Transport stated that it was well within its rights when it stopped both the trade unions General Workers' Union and Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin from striking in the interest of the public’s right to mobility. The court confirmed that when there is an industrial action, the unions and employees must comply with Article 64 of the Employment and Industrial Act, and therefore 50% of the bus service must be maintained. According to the company, quarrels between the GWU and UHM over worker representation at Malta Public Transport are seriously hindering the renewal of existing agreements.


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