Educators from both State and Church schools in Malta are set to strike on November 27, engaging in a pay dispute with the government, as announced by the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT).
The union, led by Marco Bonnici, expressed dissatisfaction with what they deemed two “insulting” financial packages from the government.
The strike is anticipated to impact primary, secondary, and sixth form schools under state or Church administration, excluding Junior College under the University of Malta.
Bonnici asserted that the strike and directives were prompted by the government’s failure to fulfil its electoral promise of significantly enhancing educators’ working conditions.
The union president urged educators to follow the directives, emphasizing the critical moment to use industrial action to voice concerns. The government on its part criticized the directives as inappropriate and unfair to students and families.
The last teacher strike in Malta occurred in January 2021 during the pandemic, revolving around disputes related to online lessons. Negotiations for a new collective agreement, initiated in December 2022, have yet to yield a resolution.