MUT to boycott curriculum launch over mistakes in payments

Thursday, 14 Feb 2013, 12:21

 

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The Malta Union of Teachers  (MUT) has decided to boycott the launch today of the National Minimum Curriculum framework because of delays and mistakes in the payment of allowance to teachers for supervision duties.

In a press conference, the union also announced that it will issue a directive for an industrial dispute on Monday, however they will not affect school children and teachers.

Union president Kevin Bonello said this was not a political decision but purely an industrial one.

He said that teachers who opted to perform supervision duties during breaks and after school hours were entitled to an allowance of  €9.91 per hour.

In January the union registered an industrial dispute because payment for September and October, due in December, were not made. The union had set a February 11 ultimatum.

By February 11 payments were issued, but eight schools were left out completely and there were many mistakes in the payments made to the other teachers.

Around 500 teachers were affected, with almost 40% of payments received made erroneously.

A meeting was held with the education authorities and payments were issued for the teachers in the eight schools, but the mistakes continued.

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