Time for im­me­di­ate ac­tion – The As­so­ci­a­tion for Goz­i­tan Em­ploy­ees in Malta

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Tech­ni­cal faults hap­pen and are un­der­stand­able since the cur­rent Gozo Channel fleet is around 18 years old and in the last cou­ple of years, the ves­sels were reg­u­larly called for main­te­nance and re­pair. Their age­ing is a con­stant strain on those who de­pend on Gozo Channel to make a liv­ing, be it em­ploy­ees, self-em­ployed or busi­nesses. Thanks to eco­nomic progress, com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity in Gozo is im­prov­ing, how­ever, the cur­rent struc­tures and op­er­a­tions are not cop­ing with the in­creased de­mand and are thus jeop­ar­diz­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of progress.

The needs of the present have to be dealt with im­me­di­ately. Per­ma­nent links will not be in­stalled in the com­ing weeks and we are re­quest­ing the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to treat short-term ex­i­gen­cies with high care. We are aware that government has been work­ing on the fast ferry in the last months. How­ever, for rea­sons re­ported in the me­dia, this process has been de­layed. We are re­quest­ing that au­thor­i­ties pri­ori­tise the res­o­lu­tion of this mat­ter in or­der to avoid fur­ther de­lays in the com­mence­ment of op­er­a­tions.

Fur­ther­more, with ref­er­ence to state­ments on the in­tro­duc­tion of the fourth ves­sel to the cur­rent fleet, we re­quest con­stant up­dates to the pub­lic. While ac­knowl­edg­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of another ves­sel is not a swift process, we re­quest that all the cur­rent three ves­sels op­er­ate si­mul­ta­ne­ously and daily. Leav­ing from Point A in Gozo to ar­rive in Point B in Malta is turn­ing into a hec­tic and long jour­ney with the cur­rent sched­ule. Traf­fic jams in Mgarr and Cirkewwa is be­com­ing the norm rather than the ex­cep­tion. Park­ing spots in these ar­eas are in­creas­ingly be­ing ex­hausted.

The As­so­ci­a­tion for Goz­i­tan Em­ploy­ees in Malta re­quests au­thor­i­ties to re­fer to im­me­di­ate and ef­fi­cient ac­tion. Mov­ing from the “One Day” con­cept to the “Day One” con­cept is a must. The way of liv­ing of around 31,000 cit­i­zens and the econ­omy of an is­land highly de­pend on ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the main­land.

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