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Minimum wage-level pensions & financial backing for persons with a disability, PN proposes

Feb 24 2022 Share

During this evening’s extraordinary general council meeting, Nationalist party deputy leader David Agius stated that the party will reward hard work and will help working citizens and those who seek a better quality of life.

This was stated as the deputy leader highlighted that the Nationalist Party will be the party which looks to the future, granting opportunities to learn and grow within Malta and Gozo. Amongst other proposals, Agius stated that if elected, a PN government will incentivise elderly citizens and persons with a disability with a pension increase on par with the nation’s minimum wage. For persons with a disability, the PN has also pledged the create a financial platform which will help themselves and their families.

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During the event, Robert Arrigo also called current and former leaders Bernard Grech and Adrian Delia on stage to show unity within the Nationalist Party amid claims of a divide.

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Underground tunnels and trams to battle traffic proposed by PN

Underground tunnels and trams to battle traffic proposed by PN
Feb 24 2022 Share

As part of their election pledges, the Nationalist Party has proposed a network of underground tunnels in order to tackle Malta’s traffic problem at its roots. 

This was coupled with the concept of a trackless tram which passes across all of Malta should the Opposition be elected into government. 

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As part of its manifesto, the PN proposed a state of the art mass transport system which will use a circular route using reserved lanes to pass through arterial and distribution roads. 

With the aim of this being to make better use of road space to ensure that the system is fast, efficient, and reliable, the PN said that the routes and funding have already been established and could be operable within a few months.

These proposals were both accompanied by other concepts such as the investment of a system which informs drivers in advance of traffic accidents, a bicycle-encouraging programme as well as solar car parks. 

The plans are a direct response to a proposed Metro system in Malta, which the PN criticised due to it costing billions and posing environmental costs. 

The Trackless Tram is already used worldwide in countries such as China. It uses technology to help the trams navigate a virtual track, and helping to ensure that it does not encounter traffic. This, Bernard Grech said, is still not enough and the party seeks to address it through buses or similar vehicles to increase connectivity with residential areas, centres and hubs. 

Employers will be incentivised to adopt measures which reduce congestion and attract more people towards public transport.

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Transport Malta official arrested over sexual harassment; Cassola claims “turning a blind eye”

Transport Malta official arrested over sexual harassment; Cassola claims "turning a blind eye"
Feb 24 2022 Share

A Transport Malta official has been arrested as is currently being questioned after multiple female co-workers claimed cases of sexual harassment.

The arrest follows Arnold Cassola’s publishing of an open letter to Prime Minister Robert Abela outlining what is being called a systematic cover-up of the official’s behaviour.

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The official in question is reported to have close ties to the Labour Party, with Cassola stating that there was knowledge of the ongoing sexual harassment, with the information being reportedly covered up. Cassola went on to claim that “it is disgusting that politicians turn a blind eye to what is happening under their noses.”

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Arrigo calls on Bernard Grech, Adrian Delia & David Agius to show that “the party is not divided”

Arrigo calls on Bernard Grech, Adrian Delia & David Agius to show that "the party is not divided"
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During this evening’s extraordinary general council meeting, the Nationalist Party’s Robert Arrigo called current leader Bernard Grech, former leader Adrian Delia and deputy leader David Agius on stage to show that “the party is not divided.”

“I’m going to offer you a brief moment of discomfort,” Arrigo said before calling the current and former party leaders on stage. Speculation on a divide between them has been going on since the end of Adrian Delia’s term as party leader.

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Arrigo called upon the three to approach the stage to show a moment of unity amongst party members before going on to highlight the importance of unity within the party. He concluding by stating that he is often associated with money and finance, appealing to PN councillors and followers to give their contribution to the party ahead of the March 26 election.

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