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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 Newspaper post PAGE 9 • Editorial WEDNESDAY • 17 JANUARY 2018 • ISSUE 570 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY 3 Final vote on pilots' collective agreement expected on Sunday YANNICK PACE LATE on Sunday evening it was announced that representatives from ALPA, the pilots' union, had reached a mutually satisfactory agreement with the Air Malta and the government over a col- lective agreement for the next five years. The agreement will now have to be approved by the union's mem- bers in a vote, which will take place on Sunday morning. The result of the vote will be known on Sunday evening. In comments to MaltaToday, union president James Fenech said he expected the agreement to be well received by the union's members. "We are happy with the deal and look forward to the next five years, and seeing the airline grow," he said. KURT SANSONE THE hospitals concession agreement with Vitals Global Healthcare was to span 30 years, according to the documents tabled in Parliament in October 2016. But doubts have now been cast on the length of the concession after parts of the contract that had been blanked out were leaked to the media. It was the Times of Malta that yester- day reported how St Luke's hospital was transferred on a 99-year lease to Vitals, while the government retained a buy- back option for the Karin Grech and Go- zo hospitals. PAGE 6 4 DID GOVERNMENT'S HOSPITALS DEAL CONCEAL A 99-YEAR CONCESSION? Syrian man's residence permit renewal woes preventing him from working

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