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Tony Zarb denies union action sparked by drivers’ threat of split
Bus operator Arriva insists it has always been ‘open for discussions’
20 June 2012, 12:00am
"Discussions with Arriva have been going on for a long time and has nothing to do with anyone leaving the GWU," Zarb told MaltaToday.
He added that today the union was holding other two meetings with Arriva drivers in Gozo before it tomorrow sends an official letter to the public transport operator informing it of the ultimatum.
In a press statement issued yesterday, the GWU said it would be giving Arriva a 48-hour ultimatum to get back to the negotiating table. Failure to do so, the GWU would be registering an industrial dispute.
The ultimatum expires 48 hours after the official letter is sent to Arriva.
Zarb failed to confirm or deny whether the industrial action would include striking drivers.
"We will be taking the measures which we will deem necessary and are applicable by law," he said.
On the other hand, an Arriva spokesperson told MaltaToday that the company had always been open for discussions.
"Since the very beginning, Arriva was always open for discussions with everyone," the spokesman said.
The spokesman however could not comment any further since it is yet to receive the letter from the union.
The GWU is currently negotiating a four-year collective agreement for all Arriva employees with the major stumbling block being the financial package.
Asked to explain Arriva's position over the financial package, the spokesman said it was not opportune to discuss the issue at this stage.
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