UĦM di­rec­tive to court mar­shals to re­main sus­pended un­til fur­ther talks on 14 Oc­to­ber

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

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.

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