Issue with Police Fund pushes Malta Police Association to deliver ultimatum

The Malta Police Association has warned the administartion that unless a solution is given to ‘discriminatory treatment between members of the two unions’ by the end of September, action will be taken

The MPA has given the police administration until the end of the month to take the necessary action
The MPA has given the police administration until the end of the month to take the necessary action

The Malta Police Association (MPA) warned of impending action if the force’s administration did not ensure fair treatment with regards to the payment of the Malta Police General Fund.

The MPA has given the police administration until the end of the month to take the necessary action of what it is calling “discriminatory treatment between members of the two unions” regarding the payment of their quarterly contribution to the Malta Police General Fund.

Under a 1919 law, members of the police force are obliged to pay a quarterly contribution of €13.98 the Malta Police General Fund in order to cover the costs of funerals, Christmas parties for police officers and their children, amongst other things.

According to a statement, the MPA said that members of the Malta Police Officer's Union (POU) had not paid this contribution and nothing was done about it. “As a result, MPA members ended up contributing twice the amount as other members,” the MPA said.

The MPA said that it has been waiting for months for a concrete decision in this regard.

“The lack of action has led to discriminatory treatment between the members of the two police unions,” it added.

The MPA lamented that in spite of failing to pay their contributions, those in question were still invited to functions.

“If nothing is done by our deadline, the MPA will instruct its members not to pay two contributions,” it said, adding that it was never the MPA’s intention to take this action.

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