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Title: Deadlock between government and Public Transport Association leads to industrial action
Authors: Debono, Manwel
Tabone, Charles
Keywords: Labor unions -- Malta
Labor disputes -- Malta
Transportation -- Malta
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Citation: Debono, M., & Tabone, C. (2005). Deadlock between government & Public Transport Association leads to industrial action. European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. Retrieved from:
Abstract: The Public Transport Association resorted to industrial actions and threatened to dismiss 40 employees after negotiations with the government failed to increase subsidies to its members. The government adamantly refused to consider the issue of public transport subsidies unless discussions included its proposed reform of the public transport system. The Public Transport Association (PTA (, represents all scheduled bus service owners (about 430 persons) and is responsible for the signing of collective agreements with the Malta Transport Authority (Awtorita’ Dwar it-Trasport, ADT ( The key issues of the agreements include establishing the price of ticket fares, guaranteeing the annual sum paid to every route bus when financial targets are not met and improving the public transport service. While bargaining is conducted between PTA with MTA, the final agreement must be approved by the cabinet of ministers. In October 2004, the PTA and ADT signed an agreement delineating, amongst other things, that a subsidy of MTL 1.1 million would be granted, which was adjusted taking into consideration the price of fuel and the cost of living. In the first week of July the PTA requested an additional MTL 600,000 as compensation for losses incurred. The PTA’s President stated that the increase in fares which came into effect as of this year, was insufficient to compensate for the increase in costs stemming from hikes in the price of fuel, eco tax, the running of 47 unviable bus routes (out of a total of 82 routes) and significantly higher maintenance costs. Although the Union of United Workers (Union Haddiema Maghqudin, UHM ( Secretary General together with a former Industrial Tribunal Chairman were called in as mediators, they did not manage to forge an agreement in time to avoid industrial actions, which started on 12 August. These actions included stopping the services of most routes at 8 p.m. ADT also threatened that it would have to dismiss 40 employees.
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