The Nationalist Party is calling on the government to immediately take action and measures to safeguard businesses, especially the small and medium-sized businesses.
During a press conference, on Wednesday, the Nationalist Party said that due to the current developments on coronavirus in Malta businesses are facing challenges and their income is being affected.
The press conference was addressed by the Deputy Leader Robert Arrigo and MPs Hermann Schiavone and Ryan Callus.
Deputy Leader Robert Arrigo said that the measures the government has announced till to date, were announced as a reaction to what is happening and the government is failing to be pro-active in this scenario.
Arrigo also said that until now the government has not come up with measures to assist workers and employers especially for those who work in the industries most affected by coronavirus.
He said that Finance Minister, Edward Scicluna, and Economy Minister Silvio Schembri, at this moment in time, should come up with better solutions as they are not addressing the challenges the business community is facing. He also said that unfortunately, the measures announced led to closures of some businesses already.
Deputy leader Robert Arrigo stated that the government was aware of coronavirus and how it can hit our country, yet, he did not do anything and only reacted to the situations. He then mentioned how the Opposition had, days ago, published a set of proposals to address the business community hit by coronavirus but the government ignored them.
During the press conference, PN MP Hermann Schiavone said that many businesses such as restaurants are losing big money. He then reiterated PN’s proposal that the government should pay 50% of the employees’ wages in the catering sector. He also said the PN is proposing that licences and contributions for businesses to operate should not be paid given the scenario.
PN MP Ryan Callus condemned comments made by Economy Minister Silvio Schembri who showed little sympathy for foreign workers losing their job amid the latest coronavirus situation in Malta.
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