Ian Borg finds cushy job for MEP’s wife, ‘borrows’ her from TM for foreign office

One of the first things Foreign Minister Ian Borg did when he took office at Palazzo Parisio last April was to arrange a cushy job for the wife of Labour MEP Alex Agius Saliba.

Through an unorthodox ‘loan agreement’ with Transport Malta, which, until a few days earlier, had been under Borg’s remit as transport minister, the newly-appointed foreign minister arranged for Sarah Agius Saliba to join the ministerial staff at his new posting.

Instead of going through normal channels that allow ministers to employ a certain number of persons of trust within their private secretariats, Borg arranged matters in such a way as for Agius Saliba to be ‘loaned’ to his ministry while remaining on the transport agency’s books.

That meant she retained her right to promotion within the agency while working at, and receiving a higher remuneration from, the foreign office. She has also retained the right to return to her Transport Malta managerial position if Borg is removed from office or fails to be re-elected.

Sarah Agius had been elected mayor of Zebbug – one of Ian Borg’s key constituencies – in 2015, when she ousted long-time serving Labour stalwart Alfred Grixti. She remained in office until  2019, and was employed by the minister as a manager at Transport Malta.

According to the loan agreement seen by The Shift, TM CEO Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi consented to release Agius Saliba from her contract at the transport agency to work for Borg at the foreign ministry after a Cabinet reshuffle.

Through the arrangement, the MEP’s wife had more flexible hours and better take-home pay. She was assigned relatively light duties as secretary to a board of politically appointed policy consultants and assisting the minister when required, including on trips overseas.

Her latest trip was to New York, where the minister attended the United Nations General Assembly. Borg’s personal photographer, Ray Attard, also accompanied the minister on the trip.

Sarah Agius Saliba, who now works at the foreign office for Minister Ian Borg. Photo: Instagram

In addition to her salary of €36,200 a year, the Labour MEP’s wife has been given a raft of allowances that elevate her take-home pay to almost €50,000 a year.

These include thousands of euros a year in allowances for car use, communications, a performance bonus and a €3,000-a-year ‘responsibility allowance’, which is normally given to officers who need to perform duties at odd hours.

                           
                           
                               
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Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

Issa xtraw pajjizna bil-barranin u qed jithammgu kemm jifilhu. Ghamlu lilhom infushom allat foloz. Sakemm.

KLAUS
KLAUS
1 month ago

That’s just plain theft.
What does the court say about this?
40 lawsuits should be enough to get a confession. Shouldn’t it?

J.s
J.s
1 month ago

Tax payers money !!! Make every vote count.

KLAUS
KLAUS
1 month ago
Reply to  J.s

We have to bring them to court. First Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi and Joseph Muscat,
All of them.

Bamboccu
Bamboccu
1 month ago
Reply to  KLAUS

What court?
Do u still believe in the court and justice?

Patrick Sciberras
Patrick Sciberras
1 month ago

I guess that photo of this “lady” on a swing portrays very well her managerial abilities.

Keith D'Amato
Keith D'Amato
1 month ago

Voltaren seems to do magic here.

alfred zammit
alfred zammit
1 month ago

i wonder why she was chosen?

Greed
Greed
1 month ago

Well on the brightside she can’t be any worse than her useless husband who even had to change his name so he could get votes from the illiterate? I suppose she seen him on the gravy train and she wanted a piece of that?

Carmelo Borg
1 month ago

Ian jaqaw ont tmur tbandal fuq il bandla. KEMM INT IFFURTUNAT HEJ OLE OLE

Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
1 month ago

Interesting. I ask: what are the extra duties at odd hours? Her photo on the swing does not show responsibilty on her part for the loaned posting.
Surely, she did not include it in her cv.
She seems to like loans, as she did with her surname to her husband to give him an alphabetic advantage over his colleagues in the MEP elections and access the remuneration and benefits of an MEP. This is what I qualify as moral fraud against his colleagues who contested with him. Obviously, the electoral commission is toothless and subservient to the Mafia regime’s demands.

wenzu
wenzu
29 days ago

Ian Borg- still as bent as ever! And the electorate still keep on voting for crooks like these.

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