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  • Air Malta ‘shocked’ by pilots’ industrial action

    The pilots’ union has warned that Air Malta may experience flight delays and cancellations as a result of industrial action, a move the airline yesterday branded as shocking and irresponsible.
    The Airline Pilots Association (Alpa) has ordered pilots to work under the terms of their existing collective agreement after the airline, it said, stopped talks on a new one.
    The union has not asked the pilots to strike but warned that crew limitations under the current agreement are incompatible with some of the recently introduced practices.
    “A shortage of crew at any one time may therefore cause flight delays as has already occurred yesterday (Wednesday) and may even lead to flight cancellations in the coming weeks,” the union said.
    Alpa officially registered an industrial dispute with Air Malta on Friday. The union said a new collective agreement was two years overdue and certain conditions in the expired agreement were “inadequate in today’s circumstances”.
    Air Malta reacted strongly to the measure, saying it was disappointed with the union’s action and accused it of trying to disrupt operations.

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    http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles...action.434144?
    http://www.airliners.net/aviation-news/ http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/?JavaScript=1&search=air
    http://www.liveatc.net/search/?icao=EKCH
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXYBh_ut-fo&feature ...düüüse Im Sauseschritt

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    Air Malta and ALPA agree on new collective agreement

    Air Malta and the Air Line Pilots’ Association (ALPA) have concluded negotiations on a new collective agreement for pilots, but not before a flight was cancelled due to industrial action.

    ALPA had registered a dispute with Air Malta last Friday, stating that certain conditions in the expired collective agreement had become inadequate and that a new collective agreement was two years overdue.

    The union also ordered pilots to work under the terms of the existing collective agreement, warning that flight delays and cancellations may occur as a result.

    This warning proved to be correct on Friday evening, when passengers who were due to go to Manchester at 6pm were told that the flight had been cancelled. They had originally been informed that the flight had been delayed.

    Air Malta subsequently operated an extra flight to and from Manchester yesterday morning.

    A flight to Russia had also been delayed as a result of the industrial action.

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    http://www.independent.com.mt/news.a...sitemid=149649
    http://www.airliners.net/aviation-news/ http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/?JavaScript=1&search=air
    http://www.liveatc.net/search/?icao=EKCH
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXYBh_ut-fo&feature ...düüüse Im Sauseschritt

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