It contains specific provisions to recognize the singularity of the ecclesial school sector and the degree of autonomy of the respective ecclesial schools. In the last thirty years since the signing of the first collective agreement, the ecclesiastical authorities, together with the MUT, have played a central role in the reorganization of educational grades in order to ensure the equal appreciation of educators with their counterparts in public schools and to recognize the special service of educators in ecclesiastical schools. The MUT is proud that the negotiations on this collective agreement have taken place in a spirit of mutual recognition of the role of educators in ecclesiastical schools and equal recognition of the role of ecclesiastical schools in the education of thousands of pupils participating from kindergarten to sixth grade in Malta and Gozo. On behalf of the Secretariat of Catholic Education, Fr. The Confederation immediately began to contribute at national level by participating in discussions with the Maltese government and other trade unions on the way to the agreement on the Social Pact. . . .