Work permit delays hampering business, Employers say / Malta News Briefing – Friday 12 August 2022

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Times of Malta says Marsaxlokk’s parish priest is to be charged with misappropriating funds and money laundering. 

MaltaToday says Christian Degabriele, a 35-year-old soldier from Għaxaq lost his life in a diving incident on Thursday.

Newsbook says a waterspout has been spotted off the Maltese coast in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq and Żonqor in Marsascala, as thunder showers continue to beat the islands for the third day in a row.

TVM says 33-year-old Venezuelan national Juan Daniel Ramos Galindo has been remanded in custody after being apprehended with 350 grams of cocaine at Malta International Airport.

Afternoon update

Employers lambast Air Malta severance offers: The Malta Employers Association warned that the severance benefits might cost taxpayers €50 million. Speaking after Air Malta employees voted in favour of an arrangement with the national airline, the MEA called the severance payments “the most disgusting in Malta’s industrial relations history” and pointed out that if all 350 of the General Workers’ Union’s members employed by Air Malta accepted the offer, it might cost the country €50 million. It accused the government of squandering taxpayers’ money to resolve a mess of its own making.

Price increases are the highest in a decade: Central Bank: A Central Bank analysis found that price increases this year was the highest in ten years. The Central Bank said that inflation increased to 4.5% during the first quarter of the year from 2.6% in December in its most recent quarterly assessment. Although this is the highest inflation rate since 2012, according to the Central Bank, price rises in Malta are still below those in the euro area. Price increases for services related to recreation and personal care were the main causes of inflation in Malta, as determined by the basket of products and services known as the harmonised index of consumer prices.

Morning briefing

Employers complain about work permit delays:

According to a survey conducted by the Malta Employers Association, two-thirds of employers say work permit delays have had a significant impact on their business. Before being legally permitted to work in Malta, third-country nationals must apply for a work permit and receive approval from Identity Malta. According to Identity Malta, the work permit application process could take up to two months. However, according to the survey, the majority of work permits are not processed on time.

MTA creditors will be paid in full: The creditors of the Malta Tourism Authority will be paid in full, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said on Thursday, adding that he has no problem with the authority exceeding its budget. He was responding to Times of Malta questions about the MTA’s €20 million overspend, amid reports that additional funds have not been made available for the authority to pay off its debts. “All of the MTA’s creditors have been paid,” said Bartolo. “That’s what will happen, as it should.”

Covid-19: There were 49 new Covid-19 cases reported.

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