FOR.U.M ex­presses con­cern about fu­ture of Air Malta and its em­ploy­ees

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

FOR.U.M. Unions Maltin yes­ter­day wrote to the Min­is­ter for Tourism as it is con­cerned about the lack of con­sul­ta­tion be­ing held with three of its af­fil­i­ate mem­bers: The As­so­ci­a­tion of Air­line En­gi­neers Malta, the Air­line Pi­lots’ As­so­ci­a­tion – Malta and the Union of Cabin Crew – Malta.

FOR.U.M. stated that dur­ing the past week, there were a num­ber of re­ports in the lo­cal me­dia about the fail­ure of Air Malta to reach an agree­ment with Al­i­talia as a po­ten­tial strate­gic part­ner.

The FOR.U.M. noted that un­for­tu­nately the re­struc­tur­ing ini­tia­tive of Air Malta and the re­sults of dis­cus­sions on a po­ten­tial strate­gic part­ner­ship are be­ing kept be­hind closed doors. This sit­u­a­tion is cre­at­ing un­cer­tainty and un­nec­es­sary anx­i­ety amongst em­ploy­ees that are con­cerned about their fu­ture prospects with Air Malta.

In this light, FOR.U.M. asked the govern­ment on be­half of its af­fil­i­ates to pro­vide any in­for­ma­tion that can im­pinge on Air Malta em­ploy­ees and the air­line’s fu­ture, and that such in­for­ma­tion should be made im­me­di­ately avail­able and dis­cussed with the unions.

It stated that it is im­per­a­tive that im­me­di­ate ac­tion is taken by the govern­ment in or­der not to put at risk any jobs with the air­line.

FOR.U.M., on be­half of its af­fil­i­ates, also re­quested an ur­gent meet­ing with the Min­is­ter for Tourism to seek clar­i­fi­ca­tions on the fu­ture of Air Malta’s em­ploy­ees.

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