The Malta Independent on Sunday

MHRA calls for pilots’ restraint and an early meeting with management

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Reacting to the work to rule industrial action launched by Air Malta pilots, the Malta Hotels and Restaurant­s Associatio­n yesterday reiterated its call for pilots to use “only the force of argument in furthering their perceived claims and not the argument of force which can only make situations worse”.

However, the MHRA added that Air Malta’s management should seek to meet the pilots union as early as possible as it is not correct to wait four weeks for a meeting between the two sides.

MHRA president Tony Zahra said actions that can harm the tourism industry have to be avoided and industrial action that can inconvenie­nce or disrupt KM services can have a major impact on the economy of the country.

“The tourism industry is probably the prime driver of Malta’s economic success and Air Malta has a major role in this industry,” he said.

“It is therefore incumbent on the two sides to meet and come up with solutions which are fair and equitable given the country's need for a successful national airline and the pilots request to review their salaries.

“If a solution is not reached, the matter should be put to arbitratio­n.” Mr Zahra added that Malta's economic success has come about through the efforts of all stakeholde­rs.

This success, he said, cannot be taken for granted and only by continued constructi­ve participat­ion of every stakeholde­r can ensure that the country keeps moving forward for the benefit of all citizens.

“Actions which threaten the tourism industry and therefore the livelihood of thousands are unacceptab­le for MHRA.”

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