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Another victory for UPE and for Freedom of Association

UPE Secures Another Legal Victory in Defense of Workers’ Rights and Freedom of Association

The First Chamber of the Civil Court has once again dismissed an injunction from the Directorate of Educational Services to halt directives issued by UPE. Consequently, the directives of the UPE remain in force.

UPE expresses satisfaction at the discernment of the Maltese Courts in safeguarding workers’ right to choose their preferred trade union for protection and, conversely, the trade union’s right to defend its members. This is fully in line with Malta’s Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

“… the directives of the UPE remain in force.”

The court made it clear that the Department for Educational Services had no right to stop the UPE’s directives since it is in compliance with the law in light of the Constitution of Malta and the European Convention.

UPE urges the Directorate of Educational Services to cease squandering public funds and the judiciary’s time on oppressive procedures that are unworthy of a democratic society and a nation that prides itself on striving for progress in civil rights!

“The court made it clear that the Department for Educational Services had no right to stop the UPE’s directives since it is in compliance with the law in light of the Constitution of Malta and the European Convention.”

It is truly shameful that instead of supporting educators in asserting their rights, the Directorate of Educational Services seeks to obstruct their access to the protection of their chosen union. Educators deserve far better!

The First Chamber has ruled that the Department for Educational Services must bear the costs of the case.

Judge Henri Mizzi presided over the proceedings.

UPE received legal counsel from Dr. Jason Azzopardi and Dr. Kris Busietta. 

The Directorate was represented by Dr. Carlos Bugeja and Dr. Jurgen Micallef.

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