UHM tem­po­rar­ily sus­pends law court di­rec­tives pend­ing fur­ther meet­ings

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Fol­low­ing a meet­ing with Jus­tice Min­is­ter Owen Bon­nici yes­ter­day, the UHM – Voice of the Work­ers has tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended di­rec­tives af­fect­ing law court em­ploy­ees.

The di­rec­tives were mainly aimed at deputy reg­is­trars and clerks, since their sec­toral agree­ment has been in dis­cus­sion for two years and no new agree­ment has yet been signed. In ad­di­tion, calls for ap­pli­ca­tions for clerks and reg­is­trars were is­sued, how­ever only those with diplo­mas are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply. In ad­di­tion to this, whereas nor­mally such ap­pli­ca­tions are is­sued un­der scale 10 of the civil ser­vant pay-scale, it has now been is­sued un­der scale 11.

“Af­ter two years of dis­cus­sions, work­ers are still left with­out an agree­ment and are wait­ing for an un­der­stand­ing to be reached,” UHM Em­ploy­ment Re­la­tions and Se­nior Man­ager Ed­win Balzan pre­vi­ously told The Malta In­de­pen­dent.

The next meet­ing be­tween the union and the court ad­min­is­tra­tion is set to oc­cur be­fore the end of this month.

Through the di­rec­tives, deputy reg­is­trars work­ing in the courts as well as the civil and crim­i­nal tri­bunals were told: not to en­ter fines will into the Le­cam sys­tem and process them; not to sign the list of cases for the day; not to post the sit­ting list on any no­tice board and will not dis­trib­ute the list to lawyers present dur­ing sit­tings; not to sign true copies of pro­ce­dure doc­u­ments. In ad­di­tion, no re­place­ments for deputy reg­is­trars ab­sent, nei­ther in the Reg­istry nor in court would oc­cur.

Deputy reg­is­trars work­ing in the su­pe­rior crim­i­nal and civil court reg­istry, as well as those in the fam­ily court reg­istry, would not is­sue oaths and will not sign for true copies of doc­u­ments.

The di­rec­tive also af­fected cler­i­cal staff, who would not an­swer phone calls, emails or mo­bile phones, would not file doc­u­ments, would not scan Gozo court cases and would not take part in the sale of photo copy cards.

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