Minister Borg said he was pleased with the agreements, which will improve conditions for 565 workers from different roles and ranks within the City of Transport. He explained how they will benefit from several improvements, including wage increases, increased opportunities for job promotion and benefits that focus on both the physical and psychological well-being of workers. With regard to the public service, the government and the unions agreed in the 2005-2010 collective agreement for public servants on the creation of a conciliatory structure. It consists of a president and two members, all three appointed by the government in consultation with the unions. Conciliation meetings must be held before the use of trade union action. The average basic monthly wage increased by 22.4% between the second quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2018. While men`s wages increased by 24.8%, women`s wages increased by 21%. The legal wage increases are based on the Cost of Living Adjustment Mechanism (COLA), although a national agreement was reached in 2017 between the social partners on raising the minimum wage (beyond cola). In 2018, Malta continued to record positive economic growth, with an unemployment rate of 3.7%, which is one of the lowest in the EU Member States. While this economic growth has also led to an increased shortage of skilled labour in the labour market, wage growth is considered relatively moderate. This is due to an increase in the supply of labour, mainly due to the influx of foreign labour. The secretary of the GWU spoke of a transport allowance of 2,500 euros per year, plus 100 litres of fuel per month, which only use employees who drive to work.
Galea stressed that Malta`s transport should perhaps encourage more environmentally friendly transport to its staff. According to the GWU, the same case of additional allowances applies to the communication allowance, which should be a subsidy for the personal use of mobile telephony, but which is granted to all workers covered by the U-M agreement. The management of Transport Malta and the union „addiema Magéquin signed their first collective agreement after the merger of the Malta Maritime Authority, the Malta Transport Authority and the Department of Civil Aviation.“ We can now talk about the outcome, which is a collective agreement that is positive for everyone – for our employees and for our customers,“ he noted. Julio Tironi, director of international transport at MPT, welcomed the negotiations that ultimately led to this collective agreement.