The Church Authorities and the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) have agreed on a Collective Agreement which will affect all educators working at the Secretariat for Catholic Education and in Church schools in Gozo and Malta and will be effective from 2018 until 2022.
The signing of this agreement was presided over by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, today, at the Archbishop’s Curia in Floriana.
In a joint statement the Secretariat for Catholic Education and the MUT, said that educators will benefit from an improved financial package with revised salary scales, allowances and work resources, better working conditions, structures and opportunities at their workplace.
This Collective Agreement also includes specific parameters regulating practices in Church Schools such as recognition of regular service, as well as exams and other assessment practices adopted by the different schools.
The statement continued that, although the Church Authorities are still negotiating funding from the State, Learning Support Educators and Kindergarten Educators are further benefiting from the reassurance of being provided with a laptop for the first time at par with other Education Grades.
Many of the provisions of this agreement have been adopted from the Sectoral Agreement signed by the MUT and the Government in December 2017. This also includes provisions such as progression and training initiatives, the new grades of Learning Support Educator 3 (LSE 3) and Kindergarten Educator 3 (KGE 3), structures for time in lieu, and added leave.
On behalf of the Secretariat for Catholic Education, Fr Charles Mallia commented, “the Church Authorities are pleased to have concluded this new collective agreement with MUT in time to prepare adequately for the coming scholastic year.”
He added, “Church schools have already started implementing parts of this agreement including the financial package, and have also made the necessary arrangements with Education Authorities to provide the required staff for the coming scholastic year and those following it.”
Malta Union of Teachers President Mr Marco Bonnici commented, “this collective agreement for educators in Church schools endorses and adopts the improved conditions of work and financials achieved through the Sectoral agreement signed between MUT and the Government in December 2017.”
He said that the collective agreement has been approved by the absolute majority of respondents through a vote among members of the Malta Union of Teachers working at the Secretariat for Catholic Education and in Church schools following continued consultation with members throughout the process.
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