Recognised unions are UMASA and MUT, says University of Malta
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Referring to today’s statement by the Medical Association Malta, the University of Malta said that it wishes to clarify that the unions recognised to represent academic staff working at the University and the Junior College are UMASA and MUT.
“This representation covers all academics irrespective of their discipline and irrespective of the Faculty, Institute, Centre or School they belong to. All academics are thus treated equitably in accordance with the Collective Agreement agreed upon with the recognised unions,” the University said.
It added that “they have had every opportunity to give their feedback and suggestions to the recognised unions during the course of the negotiations of the Collective Agreement.
The University pointed out that “it is absurd for MAM to declare an industrial dispute with the University on the basis that they claim to represent the majority of the academic staff working at the Medical School.”
It said that “the Medical School is not a legal entity in its own right, in fact it does not exist statutorily. ‘The Medical School’ is merely the name traditionally used to refer to the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and the Faculty of Dental Surgery collectively.”
“A claim for representation by a Union can only be entertained on the basis of the University as a whole and certainly not on the basis of an individual faculty, or a group of faculties, which have no legal ‘persona’ in their own right.”
The University stated that it holds all academics working in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and in the Faculty of Dental Surgery in the” highest esteem and categorically refutes MAM’s claim that it is treating medical doctors unfairly. Indeed it has gone to great lengths to formally recognise clinical teaching conducted at the bedside as well as tutorials, seminars and lectures.”
“Of course, if MAM wishes to bring specific anomalies that may exist to the attention of the University then it can do so either by referring the cases to UMASA and MUT, or else to encourage academics who also happen to be their members to contact the University administration directly,” the University said.
“The University will look into each case brought forward individually in the spirit of fairness and equity. The University seeks no dispute with MAM nor with any academic who happens to be a member of MAM,” it concluded.