The Airline Pilots Association of Malta released a statement today detailing Air Malta’s attempt to seek damages after the industrial action taken on July 1st this year.
The industrial action was called off hours into the strike after a Warrant of Prohibitory Injunction was issued by the Courts of Malta.
The judicial proceedings are said to represent the undermining of members of the ALPA’s freedom of association and their liberty to conduct negotiations in their interest, as well as dissuading them from insisting on the observance of the rights deriving from an agreement that is currently in place between the two parties.
ALPA stated that negotiations relating to the amendment of said agreement had failed due to the continued involvement of Chief Flight Operations Officer, Emvic Debono, citing his intimidation of the pilots as another key factor.
In order to restore harmony within the employment relationship, ALPA will resort to the appropriate legal channels and will also be calling an Extraordinary General Meeting in order to decide a method of progression.