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Engineers’ union sticks to its authorized weapons in MCAST course dispute

ByEditorialTeam

Sep 3, 2022

An engineering union has vowed to proceed with lawsuits towards the occupation’s official physique, undeterred by a deal making certain MCAST engineering graduates can receive their warrant. 

The Malta Affiliation of Skilled Engineers stated on Tuesday that the deal for MCAST college students, which can enable them to acquire a warrant as soon as they cross a qualification course, was “hasty and unprecedented” and will solely hurt the occupation. 

The qualification course has been accredited by the engineering occupation board after it was assessed by German engineering requirements consultancy ASIIN, which had been commissioned by the federal government to advocate adjustments to the MCAST course.

Battle over the MCAST course reached the legislation courts final yr and the authorized saga reveals no signal of subsiding. 

Certainly on Monday, MAPE filed a lawsuit for damages towards the engineering occupation board, its chairperson and 6 particular person members, claiming that despite eight totally different authorized actions and several other months down the road, the chairperson nonetheless refused to seek the advice of the union.

By “arbitrarily” selecting to fulfill whoever he happy, to the exclusion of the union, the chairperson was “blatantly” breaching the proportionality take a look at directive, it stated. 

That EU directive, applied below Maltese legislation, referred to as for proportionality testing earlier than any new laws on professionals- not solely engineers- and prior session with all stakeholders, had been launched. 

In a choice upholding a warrant of prohibitory injunction in favour of MAPE, Mr Justice Francesco Depasquale, had referred to this obligation of the board and its chairperson, sensing a transparent lack of “concord” throughout the board itself.

On that event, three elected board members had backed the decision for the injunction which had successfully stalled proposed amendments to the engineering occupation legislation.

But, despite that courtroom resolution, the board had pushed on.

The board’s approval was greenlighted by one other courtroom, presided by Choose Toni Abela, who lifted one other injunction. That injunction had been sought by MAPE to dam approval of MCAST programs.

In its newest authorized utility, MAPE referred to as on the courtroom to declare a breach by the engineering board of the proportionality take a look at legal guidelines and to uphold and liquidate its declare for damages.

Lawyer Michael Tanti-Dougall signed the applying, whereas Tuesday’s press launch was signed by MAPE President Arthur Ciantar.

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