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€1.50 THURSDAY 13 JANUARY 2022 • ISSUE 137 WWW.BUSINESSTODAY.COM.MT PAGE 5 PAGE 3 PAUL COCKS THE vast majority of Maltese employers are in favour of mandatory COVID vacci- nation for staff as they struggle with high levels of absenteeism, BusinessToday has learned. Joseph Farrugia, Director General of the Malta Employers' Association, said that the surge in absenteeism caused by COV- ID-related absence is having a significant impact on companies. Having unvaccinated staff at the work- place was a risk for other employees, es- pecially in sectors where work from home is not a viable alternative. At the moment, the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory for any sector, however, a valid vaccination certificate is required to visit various establishments from Mon- day, 17 January. Majority of employers want mandatory COVID-19 vaccine to fight work absenteeism Finance minister to brief unions on Air Malta STATE AID STAR PERFORMER MSE FTSE 100 EUR EXCHANGE RATES Trading Date: 12 Jan 2022 Number of Trades: 50 Turnover: €1,110,177.14 MSE TRX Index: 7,891.825 (Change: 0.072%) Name HSBC ORD SHARES MT0000030107 - Currency € Last Traded 12 Jan, 2022 Price 0.920 Change 0.045 US Dollar 1.1443 British Pound: 0.83505 Japanese Yen: 131.07 Australian Dollar: 1.5711 Swiss Franc: 1.0452 7,551.72 0.020 7,491.37 / 7,480.00 Value Net variation High / Low +60.35 Malta Employers' Association head says lack of clarity on quarantine and self-isolation terms is leading to abuse KURT SANSONE FINANCE Minister Clyde Caruana is expected to brief unions later this week on the way forward for Air Malta. Government has been locked in talks with the Eu- ropean Commission for al- most a year to seek approval for a State aid package for the national airline in the wake of significant losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Joseph Farrugia

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