By Paula Abreu Miguel Albuquerque is convinced that unemployment in Madeira will continue to decline in the coming times, as journalists said during a visit to Leroy Merlin in São Martinho.
However, recognizing that “there is a lot of lack of work in all sectors,” the president of the Regional Government understands that it is necessary to end up with “parasitism” of some unemployed people who systematically refuse the employment proposals that are presented to them.
Therefore, one of the legislative initiatives that should be taken at national level would be “the revision of the law that allows some people who receive their unemployment benefit to refuse the job and continue to receive the same”.
This is because there are “situations that are absurd and aberrant and should not continue”, namely the constant refusals of job offers of subscribers to unemployment, without penalty. “It is a situation that morally is unacceptable,” which comes to “cause revolt in the people who work and pay for these cases.”
From the region, there is no autonomy to change the current legislation, “if it had not already changed, no doubt.” However, as the Assembly of the Republic “has a majority of extreme left, who thinks the future of the country is not to work, not to invest and live at the expense of others, will not do this, until the national government is changed”.
As for the shop of Leroy Merlin yesterday visited, in the company of the regional secretary of Economics, Albuquerque said it was “an ultra timely investment” for the Region. The (re)opening of the store – whose group previously explored AKI Funchal in Madeira – “coincides with the economic recovery phase. It is important, at this time, to collect productive investment, and this store meets one of the Government’s objectives, to retake its activity with dynamics, to operate the market and to have opportunities for employability for new generations."
According to the store director, Bruno Bernardo, Leroy Merlin of Funchal employs 190 people. The investment in pandemic height is seen as “an opportunity” for the group to grow.