As works roll on, the electricity tariffs mess-up keeps growing. There is no one out there who's convinced that Government is right.
How on earth can anyone believe Gonzi and his Ministers when the bills are now pouring in and people can see for themselves that GRTU, the Unions and everybody else was right?
The charges are exaggerated and they are not supported by current market prices for oil or gas. It is sheer stubbornness that keeps Government from admitting that they've messed this one up really, really bad.
The Legal Obligations on retailers and traders
The laws affecting the sale/dispensing of carrier plastic bags are two:
The VAT Act imposing an 18% VAT rate on the sale of plastic bags. The VAT EU Directive does not allow for VAT exemption of plastic bags so retailers have no option but to charge consumers 18% VAT on top of the cost of the bag, eco-taxation, any customs duty and any margin covering retailers cost of storage and retail service.
The Eco-Contribution Act. As from February the eco-tax on all carrier plastic bags (bags with handle used for the carriage of retail purchases) will be €0.15c. All eco-tax according to the eco-contribution act are the responsibility of traders and producers and not of retailers. There is no exception to this rule and in practice this means that importers and producer impose the eco-contribution on all eco-taxable items, including plastic bags, and the law specifically identifies importers and producers as responsible for the submission of Returns and the payment for all eco-contributions to the Eco-Contribution Authority (VAT Department).
A pre-Christmas event that has brought a lot of satisfaction to many GRTU members, both past and present, is the award of the Midalja Ġieħ ir-Repubblika to Vincent Farrugia Director General of GRTU.
The citation for the award of the honour specifically mentions Vincent Farrugia's 15 years of exceptional contribution to GRTU and to Maltese SMEs throughout the last 15 years of his stewardship of GRTU.
It is an honour all GRTU is very proud of and which we feel is proof of Mr Farrugia's good work and dedication.
On Saturday 3rd January Hon Tonio Borg, Deputy Prime Minister, stated that "the recent Bill on Rent Reform has been received with general consensus and approval" he also stated that this "reform ... constitute a fair deal to all stakeholders, they allay the fear of the lessees who are used to cheap rental protect.
GRTU begs to differ.
GRTU is the major stakeholder on Rented Commercial Properties. No effective consultation has been held with GRTU on a reform that drastically affects a large number of GRTU members. The Hon Tonio Borg knows that this is the truth. Many small business owners will by 2010 (and not in 20 yrs time as the propaganda goes) will be thrown out of their long established family business.