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Ryanair cabin crew strikes begin and could last until January 2023

Ryanair cabin crew strikes begin and could last until January 2023
Aug 10 2022 Share

A new wave of Ryanair cabin crew strikes have just started this Monday 8th August and are set to continue until January of 2023. 

The main strand of strikes comes from the airline’s Spanish cabin crew union members who are protesting for higher pay and better working conditions. 

It is estimated that 24 hour strike action – running from Monday to Thursday – may impact up to 1.4 million passengers, or around 130,600 travellers per day. Airports in Valencia, Girona, Santiago de Compostela, Ibiza, Malaga, Madrid, Barcelona, Palma and Alicante will all be affected. 

The strikes are being backed by union groups USO and Sitclpa, with leader of the former group Lidia Aransanz saying that ‘as the company has been unable to listen to the workers, we have been forced to call new strike days.’ 

Despite this, Ryanair insisted passengers shouldn’t expect many problems as the strikes are poorly supported and have minimal effect. News portal LadBible was informed that Ryanair negotiated collective agreements covering 90% of workers across Europe. 

‘In recent months we have been negotiating improvements to those agreements as we work through the Covid recovery phase’ said a spokesperson. ‘Those negotiations are going well and we do not expect widespread disruption this summer.’ 

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1,185 Ukrainians given temporary protection status in Malta

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Since the conflict between Ukraine and Russia erupted earlier in the year, 1,185 Ukrainians have been able to find refuge in Malta. Like many other European countries, Malta decided to grant temporary protection over these refugees.

Temporary protection status grants these people the chance to live, work and study in said country.

Out of these 1,185 Ukrainians, 190 were given refugee status in March, 390 in April, 415 in May and another 190 in June.

These statistics have been released by Eurostat, which has been keeping an eye on the war in Ukraine and tallying the amount of refugees escaping the invaded country.

The statistics also show that Poland was the country which welcomed the most refugees, followed by Romania and Bulgaria.

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Vacancy issued to replace Mario Mallia receives huge backlash

Vacancy issued to replace Mario Mallia receives huge backlash
Aug 10 2022 Share

A vacancy issued by St Albert the Great College to replace previous head of school Mario Mallia received massive amounts of backlash. 

The post was reshaped by rector at the college Aaron Zahra and comes after Mallia was let go of his position in an ongoing case which raised massive controversy. 

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When the case first made public headlines, it was understood that Mallia was fired because of his inclusive programmes which sought to bring students of different faiths and gender, amongst others, together. 

However, Zahra, also a Dominican friar, later claimed that Mallia was fired because he refused to cooperate with his superiors and bee accountable to them. 

As the case continues, with the Malta Union of Teachers filing the case to court and Archbishop Charles Scicluna mediating between Mallia and the college’s staff, the school released a vacancy searching for a replacement of Mallia. 

The post was met with immense backlash. Many asked why the rector was not awaiting the decision of the tribunal before replacing Mallia. Others were harsher in their criticism, rhetorically asking the rector as to why he and his team are being so insensitive in regards to the issue. 

What do you make of this?  

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Singer Jesmond Tedesco Triccas passes away aged 59

Singer Jesmond Tedesco Triccas passes away aged 59
Aug 10 2022 Share

The unfortunate passing of musician and singer Jesmond Tedesco Triccas at the age of 59 was announced this morning, 10th August 2022. 

Known as it-Triccas, he was an iconic face in local theatrical circles, as well as his satirical take on popular Eagles song ‘Hotel California.’ 

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Triccas fried part of the Freeway group in the 1980s, which broadcast their music on TV programme ‘Mill-Garaxx’. The news was published by his niece and EP President Roberta Metsola on Facebook. 

‘My superstar uncle Jesmond Tedesco Triccas or It-Triccas as everyone in Malta knew him, passed away last night’ she wrote. 

‘He spent his life with a guitar in hand making people smile, asking us to think, often acting as society’s mirror through his music and art. Always there with a word of advice, warning or criticism, I knew I could always rely on him to tell me the unvarnished truth, in a way only artists can. All my thoughts are with his wife Ben, who he adored. We loved him. We will miss him.’ 

Condolences to all his family and loved ones from the MaltaDaily team. 

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