The agreement was reached for the first time with the two unions representing the members of the force: the Malta Police Association and the Police Union and was unanimously approved by their members. He explained that this is an investment of 8.2 million euros in about 1,750 AFM soldiers, adding that the contract was signed today, but that it will have part of the contract retroactively from January 2019. This means that some AFM soldiers receive a substantial amount of reimbursement. The Commission`s permanent secretary, Mario Cutajar, described the agreement as historic after the police were granted the right to join a union of their choice, adding that the agreement would enhance the effectiveness of the police. Mr. Camilleri referred to the investigation triggered by a complaint by the civil society NGO Repubblika, which asked the police to investigate the crew of the P52 for attempted manslaughter, which resulted in unsubstantiated allegations. Interior Minister Michael Farrugia said the agreement also includes more investment in force. He said a prosecutor`s office will be set up within the force in the coming months, so that inspectors have more time to investigate and will not waste time as prosecutors in court. In his address, Interior Minister Byron Camilleri said the government had implemented the idea that all disciplinary bodies should work 40 hours a week, believing that everyone should be paid for the hours they work. This was first introduced into a collective agreement for the police, followed by the Civil Protection Service. The Maltese police association and the police officers` union unanimously approved the agreement. A new sectoral agreement has been signed between the police, two unions representing members of the force and the government.
One of the main advantages of the agreement is that police officers will no longer work 46 hours a week, while all ranks – from constabulator to inspector – will benefit from a pay rise and better working conditions. The government has announced the first sectoral agreement with the Maltese Armed Forces (AFM), which will allow soldiers to benefit from better conditions thanks to an agreement of 8.2 million euros. Permanent Chief Secretary Mario Cutajar hailed the agreement as “another first in what we have done to improve the effectiveness of the police force in its work.” Prior to the proceedings, Interior and National Security Minister Michael Farrugia said the agreement would provide for a reduced work week of 46 to 40 hours and that constaulators and police inspectors would scale up the public sector payroll system.