An anonymous source has tipped Insiteronline to a specific press release jointly issued by the University of Malta Academic Staff Association (UMASA) and the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) on the 4th of July, 2014.
In it, the two unions said that the financial proposals issued by the University of Malta and the Government in relation to the collective agreement negotiations were “totally unacceptable” and “less than the increases given to other public entities”.
The unions declared “industrial action” in both the University of Malta (UoM) and the Junior College (JC) with effect from noon on the 4th of July. Under a sub-heading entitled “Directives for University of Malta/Junior College from 4th July 2014”, the unions said that all academics at the University of Malta are “to withhold all non-final year Undergraduate results at UoM and JC” and to not attend official meetings, such as boards of studies, departmental meetings, faculty boards and its sub-committees, and Senate and its sub-committee.
This contradicts the statement earlier made by Pulse to Insiteronline which stated that the UMASA President Prof. Matthew Montebello, in an informal meeting with Pulse President Matthew Zerafa, revealed that “all lecturers represented by UMASA are committed to respect the deadline imposed by the current Collective Agreement to send their results to their respective faculties”.
Link to the press release jointly issued by the UMASA and the MUT on the 4th of July, 2014