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We are today enjoying an economy that is healthy and encourages investment. We are experiencing the long coveted economic surplus, something we should celebrate, appreciate and safeguard. GRTU acknowledges the role the last legislature has played in reaching an economic surplus but it also acknowledges the role played by the previous legislature and the role played by employers.
GRTU advocates that an election is always an opportune time to take stock of what has happened and it is up to the political parties to pledge to work in the right direction and improve. We should all learn from past experience and this is what GRTU is doing. With its experience of representing enterprises for 70 years, GRTU is presenting its own electoral manifesto, from a business point of view, as if GRTU had to be a political party contesting the general election and pledging its promises for the next legislature.
GRTU’s 33 proposals are well thought out and measured, they are all easily implementable and needed if the next legislature wants to stimulate business and improve the environment in which they operate. These proposals are essential for enterprise for government to truly be pro-business.
I invite the political parties to incorporate these proposals into their own manifesto to pledge their commitment to being pro-business.
GRTU was one of the social partners who have signed the agreement on the revisions related to low income earners. The negotiations were very delicate and to-gether with the other employers’ representatives, GRTU made sure that any increases would not negatively af-fect the competitiveness of businesses.
The agreement signed amongst social partners ad-dresses the concerns presented to us by government and to which social partners took the brave decision to shoulder responsibility. The measures agreed upon in this agreement are purposely designed to preserve wage relativities and industrial relations, while address-ing social inequalities.
In March 2016, the Maltese Government together with the private sector has set up the Mriehel Enterprise Zone Foundation, a Private Public Partnership (PPP). The idea initiated by the private sector was set up to give a makeover to the Mriehel Industrial Estate. Both the private and public sphere of this partnership will fork out equal amounts of investment to make the in-dustrial estate a state of the art business hub. Within this Foundation, GRTU will be representing smaller size operators through President Paul Abela, who acts as one of the members of the Foundation.
GRTU has signed a shareholders’ agreement with the Water Services Corporation to develop two solar farms to be utilised by the commercial sector on the Corporation’s land. Through this agreement a company has been es-tablished with the name of Malta Energy Ltd.
Minister Konrad Mizzi responsible for energy and water conservation exclaimed that the two solar farms will be constructed over reservoirs at Ta’ Cenc in Gozo and an-other in Mellieha in Malta.They will jointly generate a minimum of 1 megawatt of electricity.
The Business Advisory Services provide business undertakings operating in Malta with advisory services that suit their specific requirements.
Through the Energy Audit Voucher Scheme, small and micro undertakings that have their energy consumption between 10,000 kWhr and 75,000 kWhr, may engage an Energy Auditor to carry out a high level energy review of the activity. Through the energy audit, the business would identify actions and investments that may be carried out to reduce energy consumption.
This measure shall be available until 30th June, 2017.
GRTU has today held its first Executive Council meeting during which Paul Abela has been confirmed as GRTU President for the year 2017.
The Executive Council also elected GRTU’s 6 Vice Presidents as follows:
Policy and Strategy
|Philip Fenech||Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure, Business Consultancy Services|
|Marcel Mizzi||ICT Consultant, E-Commerce, Web & Software Developer|
|Christian Vassallo||Construction, Real Estate, Elderly Care, Furniture, Hospitality & Catering|
|Michael Galea||Auto Dealer, Importer & Repairs, Auto Service Station,
Marketing Advisor & Real EstateHifi, TV
|Mario Debono||Pharmacy Owner, Pharmaceutical Importer, Healthcare
IT Provider & Property Developer
|Sergio Camilleri||PetrolStation owner, Auto Parts, Auto Dealer,
Rent a Car & Panel Beater
GRTU’s Members on the Executive Council for the year 2017 are:
|Azzopardi Emanuel||Laundry & Dry Clean, Upholstery & Carpet Cleaning|
|Bezzina Matthew||Transport & Logistics / Chauffer Service|
|Cutajar Patrick||IT Consultant|
|Fenech Alfred||Jewellery Importer, Manufacturer & Retailer & Restauranteur|
|Retailer & Manufacturer of Furs & Leather Wear, Importer & Retailer of Swimwear|
|Galea Stephen||President Socjeta` Vitikultura, Agriculture, Farmer & Vine Grower|
|Gauci Noel||Renewable Energy, Culinary Products|
|Haber Joan||Manufacturer of Artistic Crafts & Ceramic Goods, Event Organizer, Crafts Council Representative|
|Vella Salvu||Cargo Haulier (Burdnar), Customs Clearance Agent & Forwarder, Shipping & Travel Agent & VRT|
|Zammit Carmel||Cargo Haulier (Burdnar)|
|Zerafa Joseph||Brown Goods|
The GRTU Council this year welcomes the inclusion of young entrepreneur Mr Matthew Bezzina owner of Ecabs. Mr Bezzina was already very active in GRTU’s Transport Lobby Group and now Mr Bezzina will have greater opportunity to represent businesses on transport issues whilst being on the GRTU Council.
Last Friday 20th January GRTU successfully held its Annual General Meeting during which Paul Abela made an introduction of what this year meant for GRTU and that even though this was once again a very challenging year it was also a successful year. In her presentation of the Annual Report GRTU CEO Abigail Mamo presented an overview of the work undertaken by GRTU in 2016 and amongst other things explained the important wins GRTU achieved during the year, these included the removal of €1,500 fee on every shop sign or advert and the change of stance on the alarming Paceville Masterplan. During 2016 GRTU also won the National Enterprise Support Award, successfully implemented SME Week conference and was a key player in ensuring that ‘Il-Fiera il-Kbira’ was held, safeguarding its members’ investment.
GRTU has today published it's annual Business Performance Survey.
Overall, results have been positive with 36% of respondents claiming that their sales in 2016 increased by between 1 and 30% over sales in 2015 and 29% claiming that they did worse that 2015. The remaining 36% claimed that their turnover was identical to that of 2015.