Fabian Demicoli

Shop owners request right to open without paying a €700 Charge

GRTU in agreement with Government submitted on behalf of members, following approval in retailers` section meetings, a request for the suspension of the legally enforceable charge of €700 on each retail outlet wishing to open (unless their particular operation and locality from which they operate gives them an automatic right to open) on the following listed Public Holidays:

  • Friday 10th February

  • Saturday 31st March

  • Thursday 7th June

  • Friday 29th June

  • Saturday 8th September

  • Friday 21st September

 

 

 

 

 

By general consent of retailers and their employees no request was submitted for the opening of Shops on Christmas Day and on Good Friday.

GRTU strives for the freedom of shop owners to be given the opportunity to decide themselves as on which dates to open for business but insists on due respect to traditions and the special characteristics of the Maltese. GRTU continues support shop owners' and their employees' freedom to choose to reserve a day of rest preferably on Sunday which in Malta is for most the family day of rest.

The shift GRTU is demanding is from a legal imposition to a choice by shop owners, who in their vast majority are owners-managers and family businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

By general consent of retailers and their employees no request was submitted for the opening of Shops on Christmas Day and on Good Friday.

GRTU strives for the freedom of shop owners to be given the opportunity to decide themselves as on which dates to open for business but insists on due respect to traditions and the special characteristics of the Maltese. GRTU continues support shop owners' and their employees' freedom to choose to reserve a day of rest preferably on Sunday which in Malta is for most the family day of rest.

The shift GRTU is demanding is from a legal imposition to a choice by shop owners, who in their vast majority are owners-managers and family businesses.

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