Busut­til calls on PM to take PN bud­get pro­pos­als on board

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Op­po­si­tion Leader Si­mon Busut­til yes­ter­day called on the Prime Min­is­ter to in­cor­po­rate the Na­tion­al­ist Party’s pro­pos­als, which in­clude an­other re­duc­tion in en­ergy rates, in the up­com­ing bud­get.

Ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by the PN’s worker’s sec­tion, Dr Busut­til also stressed that the PN is the work­ers’ party. He said the PN aims to cre­ate good qual­ity jobs that pay well and to see all work­ers ad­vance in their ca­reers.

The party is not only in­ter­ested in wealth cre­ation but also in the fair and equal dis­tri­bu­tion of that wealth be­tween ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially work­ers.

He said the PN was also com­ing up with pro­pos­als on pen­sions.

Dr Busut­til re­ferred to re­cent meet­ings he had had with dock­yard, Freeport and Air Malta work­ers, who are cur­rently fac­ing uncer­tainty. The clear mes­sage the PN is send­ing, he said, is that it cares about all of them. He said that, apart from be­ing an ef­fec­tive op­po­si­tion, the PN has also shown it­self to be an al­ter­na­tive gov­ern­ment and is com­ing up with con­crete and se­ri­ous pro­pos­als that make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives.

He re­ferred to five pro­posal doc­u­ments re­leased by the party this year, which in­clude yes­ter­day’s pre-bud­get doc­u­ment, say­ing that the PN had re­fused to keep its pro­pos­als hid­den be­cause they were not for per­sonal gain but to im­prove peo­ple’s lives. Dr Busut­til urged the Prime Min­is­ter to in­clude the PN’s pro­pos­als in the up­com­ing bud­get.

Th­ese in­clude a fur­ther re­duc­tion of en­ergy rates, with Dr Busut­til in­sist­ing that this was pos­si­ble thanks to the in­ter­con­nec­tor and the BWSC plant and lower in­ter­na­tional prices. An­other pro­posal is for an in­crease in the statu­tory bonus, as pro­posed by the UHM, and to end pre­car­i­ous em­ploy­ment once and for all.

Dr Busut­til said the doc­u­ment also in­cludes mea­sures to tackle the traf­fic prob­lem, which is paralysing the coun­try. He said the gov­ern­ment was fail­ing to act in this re­gard.

The PN Leader also said the party wants to stop all in­jus­tices.

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