When youre voting use
your head, not your heart, GRTU says
- GRTU reiterates its pro-EU message
"Common sense is the logic that tells you whats
good for you and for the Maltese. The GRTUs message is this: Use
your head and not your heart."
This is the sensible wording at the end of the General Retailer and
Traders Associations Retailer editorial. Objectively steering
away from controversy, the GRTUs message however reiterates its
Stopping short from directing members who to vote for, GRTU director
Vince Farrugia told The Malta Financial and Business Times the association
was in no way attempting to influence its members. It had, however,
taken a clear stand on EU membership, independently and autonomously.
The Retailer editorial clearly states that EU membership "strengthens
Maltas economic potential in the world and gives potential investors
great faith in Malta, to buy Maltese products and conduct business in
Focusing on the self-employed and small businesses, the editorial reads
that EU membership guarantees finance and assistance to these businesses,
ruling out that this sort of potential could be made solely available
from a Maltese government.
"There will be renewed assistance for Maltese businesses to modernise
and strengthen themselves to face the new challenges to the Maltese
economy. Maltas credibility will be strengthened as the island
placates itself from isolation and into the European market. On top
of everything, commerce will increase, consumption will increase and
so will money in hand increase, which is the fulcrum on which Maltese
The editorial states these are the reasons the associations executive
council unanimously agreed in favour of EU membership on 26 February
"Nobody was pushed to decide. Nobody told the GRTU to decide",
the editorial reads, stating the association had weighed all proposals
and consulted international bodies EuroCommerce and UEAPME (Union Européenne
de lArtisanat et des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises).
"We saw what the credit rating agencies had to say about Maltas
accession vis-à-vis the international financial sphere. The advice
was identical: EU membership strengthens Maltas economic potential
in the world and gives potential investors great faith in Malta, to
buy Maltese products and conduct business in Malta.
"Now we have arrived to the 12 April 2003 elections. The GRTU will
not be giving any directives to its members and represented sectors
on who to vote for. The Maltese businessman and self-employed know how
to earn their bread and have to think of those who work with them.
"It is not political passion and unfettered partisanship that should
guide businessmen on how to vote. Common sense is the logic that tells
you whats good for you and for the Maltese. The GRTUs message
is this: Use your head and not your heart."