Covid-19 Update: UPE will not be sidelined

The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers is extremely vexed by the blatantly disrespectful act of precluding the Union from being present and proffering its advice and recommendations on the task force set up by the Government in relation to action being taken in this moment of crisis.

The government has deliberately side-lined the UPE despite its having won a court case in which it was determined that the Union has a legitimate interest in all matters relating to its members, who constitute a significant portion of the educational sector.

It was only yesterday that Dr. Frank Fabri, corroborated the above, when the UPE met him to discuss the Covid-19 issue, only to see this promise fall into oblivion the following day.

It is thus that with even more broken promises and a show of contempt for a decision taken within the Maltese Courts, that the right of the UPE to represent its members is trampled upon, and our direct request to be present is brushed aside. The government is condoning this behaviour, thus allowing for possible flawed decisions to be taken yet again.

The UPE will not tolerate being side-lined and at the same time be expected to approve any controversial decisions taken behind closed doors with third parties. The UPE will remain vigilant to prevent the recurrence of underhanded agreements to the detriment of educators, and in this respect, the UPE is notifying the authorities that it will be directing its members to refrain from adhering to any new conditions or obligations concluded in agreement with third parties.