Busuttil calls on PM to take PN budget proposals on board
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.