600 Air Malta employees to be dumped onto taxpayer’s payroll, as new company recruits outside workers

Clyde Caruana confirms The Shifts’s revelations about Air Malta

 

Finance Minister Clyde Caruana has confirmed The Shift’s revelations about the latest manoeuvres at Air Malta and has admitted that some 600 staff employed by the national airline will be dumped onto the taxpayer’s payroll at an additional cost of some 15 million a year.

Following a series of questions from PN transport spokesman Ryan Callus, Caruana told parliament that a total of 577 employees have applied for the generous Voluntary Employment Transfer Scheme (VETS), announced by the government in January, as part of the latest restructuring exercise at the bankrupt national airline.

Caruana also confirmed The Shift’s reports that although in 2017 the government announced that all Air Malta’s ground handling employees were to be transferred to a new government company – Air Malta Aviation Services – this has not happened, though the reason the plan wasn’t carried out has never been explained.

Instead, though the new company never operated, it still recruited an additional 23 employees from outside Air Malta. It is as yet unclear whether these additional employees were also put on the government payroll through the VETS scheme offered to Air Malta employees. Most of them were given their jobs through the intervention of Labour politicians, particularly through the ministry of disgraced former Minister Konrad Mizzi.

Replying to other questions by Callus, Minister Caruana admitted that so far, only 88 employees of those who applied for the VETS scheme were effectively moved to other government departments and authorities, including Labour propogandist Karl Stagno Navarra who was taken on by Air Malta on a three-year definite contract. The latter was rarely seen at his place of work.

The minister refused to give details about where these employees have been placed, nor about the salary structure they have been given.

The Shift has been told that while these employees were given jobs at levels that match other government grades, they are receiving much higher salaries than their colleagues, because their basic pay was pegged to what they earned at Air Malta, including all their overtime and allowances. This has led to a raft of new discrimination claims among senior government employees.

Caruana also confirmed that Air Malta will be using “another company” for its ground handling requirements but refused to confirm whether the beleaguered airline will be forming a new company.

The Shift has previously reported that Air Malta is setting up a new ground handling company with Italian partners to take over the work of its own ground handling operations. None of the current Air Malta employees will work for the new company and instead the new venture will be importing foreign labour.

Air Malta is still awaiting state aid approval by the European Commission and is registering millions of euros in losses every month. If the company doesn’t get the EU Commission’s permission to receive state aid, it will have to fold.

                           
                               
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Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
2 days ago

“A mystery wrapped in an enigma” – costing the local taxpayer additional burdens!

Francis Said
Francis Said
2 days ago

Cannot possibly understand the logic behind this process. The former Air Malta employees are being offered jobs with government at the same level as what they earned with Air Malta costing €15 million yearly
Yet, the new ground handling operations with Italian partners will be employing foreign workers!!!!

Paul Saliba
Paul Saliba
2 days ago

Labour-style gross mismanagement of state enterprises and agencies at our (taxpayers) expense….all for the sake of securing dirty votes (corrupt practices) !!!

Albert Rossi
Albert Rossi
2 days ago

Robbing Peter to pay Paul. What a solution!!! Is this the best Labpur can do? Vera bravu dall-ministru.

Mark Abela
Mark Abela
2 days ago
Reply to  Albert Rossi

You forgot that who really sacked airmalta sold the RJ70 engines to show a profit for the year ending. That was the start of the end of Airmalta, apart from hiring staff before every election from 1992 till 2013. You must either lived abroad during those years or were not interested what was happening. Apart from employing daughter’s of Ministers and friends of friends. You forgot all this ?????

Michael Borg
12 hours ago
Reply to  Mark Abela

X’GHANDU X’JAQSAM!!!!!………..kemm hemm frejjeg Laburisti, alla hares noqodu nsemmuhom kolla

Joseph
Joseph
11 hours ago
Reply to  Mark Abela

No, we did not forget those days compared to todays criminality and theft occuring happening without shame these days in 2022. Shame you protecting the criminal politicians who should be people of integrity but power and money lovers. An intelligent wise man said, that they can fool most of the some of the time, but not all the people all the time. Mark you are one of those fools of 45% of the population that have stolen our democracy with money and is in power to favour the greed, the criminals and the gahan people. Four and half years ago some politicians had the guts to kill a journalist that uncovered their money laundering activity abroad.

Busuttil Vincent
Busuttil Vincent
2 days ago

Fed up with the injustices that are created against the non boot licking employees.

Jason Zammit
Jason Zammit
2 days ago

Who is leading this country, Jimmy Hoffa?? To the 600 employees, get out there and work in the Private Sector. Ħalik min il “Nanny State”!

Mat
Mat
1 day ago

Most of them were given their jobs through the intervention of Labour politicians, particularly through the ministry of disgraced former Minister Konrad Mizzi. Bravo !!!

Mat
Mat
1 day ago

Finance Minister Clyde Caruana has confirmed The Shift’s revelations about the latest manoeuvres at Air Malta and has admitted that some 600 staff employed by the national airline will be dumped onto the taxpayer’s payroll at an additional cost of some €15 million a year.

His daily Mantra … Its not my moneyyyyy … I want to keeep him happyyyy… in 4 years time it will be forgotteeeenn … will give them more vouchersss… they will forget about thisssss .. ommmmm

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