Si­mon Busut­til re­peats PN will not axe pub­lic sec­tor jobs

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Op­po­si­tion leader Si­mon Busut­til in­sisted yes­ter­day that the PN would not dis­miss pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees but that the sec­tor needed to be re­duced grad­u­ally.

Dr Busut­til was pre­sent­ing the PN’s pre-bud­get doc­u­ment en­ti­tled ‘Let’s all suc­ceed… To­gether’ – to the Malta Coun­cil for So­cial and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment.

He said the PN is pre­sent­ing con­crete pro­pos­als on dif­fer­ent themes, all with the aim of im­prov­ing the quality of life of fam­i­lies and busi­nesses.

Dr Busut­til said this was the sec­ond time that the PN was pre­sent­ing its pre-bud­get pro­pos­als from the Op­po­si­tion. The PN doc­u­ment in­cluded sev­eral pro­pos­als that have been put for­ward by the so­cial part­ners.

The PN has so far pub­lished five doc­u­ments: Two on the bud­get, one on good gov­er­nance, one on the econ­omy and one on the traf­fic prob­lem. Dr Busut­til said his eco­nomic pol­icy is two-sided, based on the cre­ation but also the fair dis­tri­bu­tion of wealth. The pre-bud­get doc­u­ment has three sec­tions: An anal­y­sis of the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, the chal­lenges that must be over­come to­gether and 91 pro­pos­als.

The PN is once again in­sist­ing that en­ergy bills should be re­duced and that fam­i­lies and busi­nesses should pay bills that re­flect the low in­ter­na­tional prices and the use of the in­ter­con­nec­tor and the BWSC plant.

Clar­i­fy­ing com­ments he made in the past few days, Dr Busut­til said the PN was in no way sug­gest­ing that it would sack pub­lic sec­tor work­ers. He said, how­ever, that the coun­try should go back to the eco­nomic trend of see­ing the pub­lic sec­tor work­force re­duced grad­u­ally, so as to re­duce pub­lic spend­ing.

This gov­ern­ment, he said, had in­creased pub­lic spend­ing in an ex­ag­ger­ated way by em­ploy­ing hun­dreds into po­si­tions of trust of use­less roles. Pub­lic spend­ing had in­creased against the back­ground of a great lack of ac­count­abil­ity, re­spon­si­bil­ity and good gov­er­nance. €4 mil­lion would have been bet­ter spent on can­cer pa­tients than on a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual, Dr Busut­til said.

The PN leader also ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of push­ing so­cial jus­tice aside by in­creas­ing so­cial hous­ing rent rates.

Dr Busut­til re­it­er­ated that the coun­try needed to study the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing an al­ter­na­tive pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, with the PN look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of a tramway or light rail­way.

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