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GWU to be vigilant on promises

Tony Zarb

Tony Zarb

At a first glance, Budget 2010 has not eased the burdens that have to be shouldered by the people, according to General Workers' Union general secretary Tony Zarb.

Giving the union's initial reactions, Mr Zarb described the Budget as "moderate", saying the union would stay vigilant to make sure the government implemented the measures it pledged. "We hope that what was promised won't disappear into thin air."

He was satisfied that the government had taken on board a number of the union's proposals, such as a cost-of-living adjustment of €5.82 and a number of incentives for companies to safeguard jobs.

However, Mr Zarb was disappointed that other proposals, such as widening of the tax bands, were not taken up. These proposals would have increased families' spending money, he said.

All the social partners should keep a close eye on the government to make sure the measures it promised did not remain on paper, Mr Zarb repeated.

The union will present its official reaction tomorrow after a national council meeting.

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