10 years ago - The Times

Friday, January 16, 2009

Lecturers approve collective agreement

University of Malta and Junior College academic staff yesterday approved a draft collective agreement, ending their long-drawn dispute with the government.

The agreement was approved by a large margin following a three-hour extraordinary meeting, with 191 of the 225 members present voting in favour, 30 against and four invalidating their vote. The draft was presented to members by the University of Malta Academic Staff Association (Umasa).

The deal comes after three days of intense discussions between Umasa, the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) and the university in the presence of the director of the Department of Industrial and Employment Relations, Noel Vella, who acted as a mediator.

Details of the agreement could not be obtained yesterday but it broadly tackles working hours, intellectual property rights for research carried out at the university and improved wages, which was the main bone of contention in the dispute.

Umasa president Victor Buttigieg said the union was very satisfied with the agreement. “It is a very wide ranging agreement and the members realised that it was very positive,” he said.

25 years ago - The Sunday Times

Sunday, January 16, 1994

Archbishop praises married women dedicated fully to family

Married women who fully dedicated themselves to the family must not be considered second-class or inferior to other women. “On the contrary, they are worthy of appreciation, honour and praise,” the Archbishop, Mgr Joseph Mercieca said yesterday.

He was speaking at St John’s Co-Cathedral, during his annual meeting with newly-weds organised by the Cana Movement.

A woman who stayed in the family and for whom the family came first was courageous. “She is the woman, who, in spite of the currents of our times, is aware that in order to live life in its fullness, she is not inevitably bound to go out to work but can do work in the home itself and dedicate herself fully to her noble mission in the family,” he said.

Atmospheric monitoring station to be set up on Malta

Malta could have an atmospheric monitoring station, the first in the Central Mediterranean, operational by July 1, sources at the University of Malta told The Sunday Times last week.

Half a century ago - Times of Malta

Thursday, January 16, 1969

Miss World’s visit

Miss World 1938 – Miss Penny Plummer, of Australia – is expected to visit Malta as the guest of the Salina Bay Hotel on Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26.

Miss World will now be present for the official opening of the hotel’s new nightclub “Pharoah’s Den”, during that weekend. Miss Plummer recently completed a tour of American bases in Vietnam with the Bob Hope Show.

MMU contest for children

The third Baby Contest organised by the Milk Marketing Undertaking in conjunction with GM Productions will be held on March 22. Children between three and four and a half years can participate.

Mr C. Montebello, the MMU manager, said yesterday that when the contest was held for the first time in 1967, they had 160 applications. 300 participate in the contest last year.

He said the sales of milk had increased as a result of the contest.

Unesco assignment

Mr J. C. Pollacco chairman of the Malta Government Tourist Board, has left for Kingston Jamaica, to conclude his report on cultural development in that country.

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