GRTU acknowledges the issue there is with waste in Valletta, an issue that both GRTU and its members in the retail, catering and hospitality sector within Valletta want to see resolved. In fact, this has been flagged by businesses themselves on a number of occasions because businesses care about the capital city. They care not only because they walk in every now and again and are displeased with the waste they see on the street, but because they have their investments and means of living in Valletta. Waste left on the street gives a bad image of the capital city as a whole especially with V18 right around the corner. Such state, diminishes the attractiveness of the capital to visitors and reduces the value of any investment.
The solution to this problem is not easy, but by no means impossible. Until recently a number of solutions, some very costly, were implemented but these did not give the desired results mainly because a piecemeal approach does not work.
We are today enjoying an economy that is healthy and encourages investment. We are experiencing the long coveted economic surplus, something we should celebrate, appreciate and safeguard. GRTU acknowledges the role the last legislature has played in reaching an economic surplus but it also acknowledges the role played by the previous legislature and the role played by employers.
GRTU advocates that an election is always an opportune time to take stock of what has happened and it is up to the political parties to pledge to work in the right direction and improve. We should all learn from past experience and this is what GRTU is doing. With its experience of representing enterprises for 70 years, GRTU is presenting its own electoral manifesto, from a business point of view, as if GRTU had to be a political party contesting the general election and pledging its promises for the next legislature.
GRTU’s 33 proposals are well thought out and measured, they are all easily implementable and needed if the next legislature wants to stimulate business and improve the environment in which they operate. These proposals are essential for enterprise for government to truly be pro-business.
I invite the political parties to incorporate these proposals into their own manifesto to pledge their commitment to being pro-business.
GRTU is alarmed by how the political uncertainty has engulfed all of our social and economic spheres of life and the results are very worrying. Numerous GRTU members have expressed their concern with the political situation with no conclusion in sight. On the contrary, GRTU is following developments with grave concern and the situation is increasing in absurdity fragmenting our social and economic fabrics.
GRTU has today launched its full set of proposals for the 2017 General Election through its own electoral manifesto. GRTU President Paul Abela stated that its 33 proposals are being presented to the main political parties for inclusion in their own political manifesto as a commitment to be pro-business once they make it to government. Mr Abela noted positively that some of GRTU’s proposals have already been committed to by one side or both sides of the political spectrum.
GRTU was one of the social partners who have signed the agreement on the revisions related to low income earners. The negotiations were very delicate and to-gether with the other employers’ representatives, GRTU made sure that any increases would not negatively af-fect the competitiveness of businesses.
The agreement signed amongst social partners ad-dresses the concerns presented to us by government and to which social partners took the brave decision to shoulder responsibility. The measures agreed upon in this agreement are purposely designed to preserve wage relativities and industrial relations, while address-ing social inequalities.