Any University project in the South of Malta should also aim to benefit the business community in the area
- Created on Monday, 24 August 2015 12:20
GRTU is requesting the Government to take into consideration the business community of the area and not just the residents, in relation to the University that is being planned for the South of Malta.
The GRTU advises that any such project that involves the acquisition of areas of land through advantageous conditions should be subject to clear and stringent parameters on how the land should be utilized.
The GRTU expects that any dealings and contracts entered into for the setting up of this University do not provide for any possibility, in the near or long term, of using the acquired land for retail areas or shopping complexes.
A more tangible pensions reform to address real concerns necessary – GRTU
- Created on Monday, 24 August 2015 12:00
Increasing pension capping for business owners and self-employed amongst GRTU proposals for business-friendly pensions reform
Pre-Budget document shows sound economic progress
- Created on Monday, 24 August 2015 11:55
Last Friday Minister Edward Scicluna presented economic figures, projections and Government’s vision to the MCESD members.
The Minister said that the Budget is not a simple accounting exercise but it sets out the direction Government is aiming at. As such the pre-budget document is entitled ‘delivering our vision’.
‘The increase of Sicilians selling their products in Malta has become an issue of concern to local business operators’ says GRTU Deputy President Philip Fenech
- Created on Monday, 24 August 2015 11:46
It has become very evident that a considerable number of foreigners, in particular Sicilians,have set up various cafeterias and restaurants in a number of touristic areas around Malta especially in the areas of St. Julians, Sliema, Valletta and Bugibba. The reason being that with the right of moving freely in the EU these individuals can come over to avoid the current financial crisis being experience in Sicily which is affecting their tourist and business sectors.
GRTU submits feedback in relation to the MEPA demerger
- Created on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:12
In general GRTU sees the proposed changes as positive since no additional costs are envisaged and the proposal aims at minimising bureaucracy. Another positive proposal being put forward is that the time window for objections will be limited to 30 days, this we believe should accelerate the process.
GRTU has however also a number of reservations and feels that a number of elements require clarification.
GRTU signs agreement with The Executive business journal
- Created on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:01
GRTU is proud to announce its new collaboration with the high profile, market-leading publication, The Executive business journal. Through this new venture GRTU will now be extending the services it offers to its members with key contributions targeted at the Maltese business community through printed media.
GRTU raises business priorities at roundtable consultation on the EU 2020 Strategy Implementation
- Created on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:33
GRTU President Paul Abela participated during a roundtable discussion held by the European Commission Representation in Malta regarding the EU 2020 Strategy. This key EU strategy seeks to drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth across the European Union with flagship initiatives tackling the various policy areas concerned. The scope of the consultation was to discuss
GRTU participates at MEUSAC Core Group discussions on the latest developments on TTIP (EU-US Trade Agreement)
- Created on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 11:21
TTIP is a wide-ranging agreement between the two largest economic blocs in the world which is expected to reduce trade tariffs and regulatory burdens for commerce between EU Member States and the US. The negotiations have reached the tenth round and have now focused on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement.
Career Exposure Experience (CEE) for Secondary Students
- Created on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:58
The Ministry for Education and Employment has in the past years introduced the concept of Career Exposure Experience (CEE) for secondary school students. The idea is to provide one-week-long opportunities for Form Four students to undergo placements and be exposed to the world of work. The job profiles are matched with students to give them a taste of the labour market and particularly the type of job they are aspiring to seek in the future. This experience also supports students by providing them job-seeking skills as well as understanding what would be expected in industry whilst
MCESD discusses Malta’s Country Specific Recommendations – GRTU outlines how addressing business concerns supports Malta reaching its targets
- Created on Monday, 03 August 2015 15:33
Social Dialogue Minister Hon Helena Dalli described the context of this meeting as a timely one since social partners would be discussing Malta’ Pre-Budget Document in a few weeks time. This therefore contextualises Malta’s priorities in terms of focal areas to address in line with EU’s recommendations and EU 2020 strategy.
Officials from the European Commission Representation in Malta gave an overview of the Country Specific Recommendations for Malta which outline the following actions for Malta in 2015 and 2016:
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) How will this agreement affect your business?
- Created on Monday, 03 August 2015 15:29
This week GRTU collaborated with the Economic Policy Department to organise an information session on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This session was organised to update members about the current TTIP negotiations and also provide an opportunity for businesses to consult and give their feedback.
The discussion focused on various sectors which will be affected once the agreement comes into play. These include industries tied with engineering, raw materials and energy, cosmetics, medical devices; pharmaceutical
- NCFHE Re-launching Malta’s Referencing Report to the MQF – GRTU Meeting for Licensed Private Training Providers and Education Institutions
- GRTU in disagreement with new maternity leave mechanism
- Apprenticeship Scheme Over Summer Supported by Additional Stipend to Students
- ‘Public Services Online’ ESF Project Closing Seminar – GRTU applauds infrastructural advancements, appeals for public service culture change for online services to succeed
- Malta Milan Expo 2015