Minister Farrugia said the police will follow other reforms, including a new police station in Marsascala and new uniforms. The collective agreement was the fruit of this right, as negotiated by the unions, the government and the police leadership. The first police collective agreement was signed on Monday at the Ministry of the Interior in the presence of Interior Minister Michael Farrugia and Permanent Secretary of State Mario Cutajar. Malcolm Bondin said: “The package is a balance between family-friendly measures and financial benefits. These are two things that power has suffered from, and unfortunately, we have worked for a long time – 46 hours a week – and that means we have wasted a lot of time as a family. The agreement of 40 hours a week means more time with families. A big sticking point resolved by the agreement will be that police officers work 40 hours instead of 46 hours. Interior and National Security Minister Michael Farrugia said ahead of the procedure that the agreement provided for a reduced working week from 46 hours to 40 hours and that constables and police inspectors would increase a scale in the public sector. Chief Secretary of State Mario Cutajar hailed the agreement as “another first in what we have done to improve the effectiveness of the police force in its work.” Conditions for Maltese police officers are expected to improve, with the first collective agreement signed on Monday by trade unions, police and the government. Home Minister Michael Farrugia said the deal would lead constables and police inspectors to increase a ladder in the public wage network.
Police officers would also benefit from improved inconvenience allowances and overtime rates. Officials from the two unions that signed the agreement – Malcolm Bondin and Sandro Camilleri – said the agreement granted, among other things, the necessary respect to members of the police. A new sectoral agreement was signed between the police, two unions representing the members of the force and the government. One of the main advantages of the agreement is that members of the police no longer work 46 hours a week, while all ranks – from constable to inspector – will benefit from salary increases and improved working conditions. Chief Secretary mario Cutajar said the deal was “another first” after civil servants won the right to join a union. Home Minister Michael Farrugia said the deal would also provide for more investment in force. He said a law enforcement unit would be set up within the force in the coming months so that inspectors would have more time to investigate and not waste time as prosecutors in court. The first collective agreement between the police, unions and the government was signed on Monday….