UĦM directive to court marshals to remain suspended until further talks on 14 October
The union directive to court marshals that was set to begin today, will remain suspended after a meeting which took place yesterday.
The UĦM – Voice of the Workers had issued a directive for marshals not to carry out any work in connection with prohibitory injunctions.
Those representing management will go back and discuss the union’s demands, and both sides are to meet again on 14 October, where if agreement is not reached, the directive will come into force.
Assistant Director of the UĦM Edwin Balzan said that the directive was aimed at bringing the employers to the table, as currently marshals only receive an allowance for extra work they perform instead of overtime. He said the union wants this allowance to match each hour of pay, as it did not increase when the workload of marshals increased.
Mr Balzan said that marshals do a lot of work after hours, however only the work relating to prohibitory injunctions would be affected. The directive, he said, does not extend to their other after hours work, such as court notifications.