Abi­gail Psaila Mamo, CEO of the Cham­ber of SMEs (GRTU)

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

“The com­pet­i­tive­ness of our busi­nesses is some­thing gov­ern­ment must safe­guard. Un­for­tu­nately, run­ning costs are al­ways on the in­crease and this neg­a­tively im­pacts the prof­itabil­ity of our en­ter­prises and how com­pet­i­tive they are. Hu­man re­sources is also a ma­jor chal­lenge be­cause as much as busi­nesses want to work and in­vest they can­not do this if they do not have the man power they need to ad­dress this. GRTU would there­fore like to see its pro­pos­als to re­duce the bur­den and costs of au­dits on mi­cro com­pa­nies, elec­tric­ity for the pri­vate sec­tor and the cost and dif­fi­culty of ac­cess­ing fi­nance. In ad­di­tion, GRTU would like to see the hu­man re­sources crises ad­dressed in a tan­gi­ble man­ner.”

Asked to name a pro­posal by an­other so­cial part­ner, the GRTU CEO re­ferred to the MEA’s pro­posal on the set­ting-off be­tween gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. “It is com­mon for com­pa­nies to be owed money from one gov­ern­ment depart­ment while hav­ing out­stand­ing pay­ments them­selves with other gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. This causes a strain on the cash flow of many com­pa­nies who are, in some in­stances, charged in­ter­est and penal­ties on out­stand­ing pay­ments, and at times even face crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings.”

Turn­ing to the sub­ject of traf­fic, Mrs Psaila Mamo said one of the GRTU’s pro­pos­als is pri­vate col­lec­tive trans­port, which in­cludes free trans­port for all schools, or­ga­nized trans­port for all gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees and the im­me­di­ate out­lay of in­cen­tives for em­ploy­ers to or­gan­ise pri­vate col­lec­tive trans­port for their own work­ers.

The GRTU CEO said an­other pro­posal was an en­force­ment over­haul. “En­force­ment Over­haul – War­dens and TM of­fi­cers need to be brought hand-in-hand with traf­fic po­lice. The aim of giv­ing out fines needs to be com­pletely and ir­re­versibly re­placed with co­or­di­nat­ing and as­sist­ing traf­fic at all times but more surely dur­ing peak traf­fic.”

She also sug­gested a change in at­ti­tude for pub­lic works and clo­sures, the im­me­di­ate con­ver­sion of cer­tain un­der­uti­lized ar­eas as park-and-ride zones (such as the Gżira sta­dium) and a shift to­wards stag­ger­ing work hours.

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