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Industrial action hindering results lifted

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The Education Ministry has announced that the directives restricting the publication of results have been lifted. University students can expect to start receiving late results sooner than later.

The Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) and the University of Malta Academic Staff Association (UMASA) have reiterated the industrial action they had issued on July 4th, after a fruitful meeting with the Government.

Today’s meeting was headed by Minister of Education Evarist Bartolo and Finance Minister Edward Scicluna. All stakeholders believe there is now a good basis from which finalised agreements can be reached. As a result, the two unions have lifted the industrial action which had been operating for over 3 weeks.

In a statement, the University Students’ Council (KSU) said it is disappointed that negotiations were only quickened after “considerable pressure was made”.

Over 2,500 signatures were collected in an online petition, released by KSU yesterday, to lift the industrial action. Nationalist party leader Simon Busuttil, Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Arnold Cassola, and MEP Roberta Metsola were among its key signatories. KSU were prepared to organise a student rally if an agreement was not reached by July 31st.

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