247 – In an interview with BBC Brasil, the president of the Brazilian Association of Satellite Shopkeepers (Ablos) and owner of the TNG store chain, Tito Bessa Junior, said it was time for the richest to protect the poorest in the face of the recessive effects of the coronavirus pandemic. in Brazil.
“I need to pay my employee, I need to pay my supplier so that he pays his employee,” said the businessman, stressing that this will apply to the universe of small and medium-sized mall entrepreneurs, who, according to him, are responsible for a chain production that employs between 4 and 5 million people, including vendors and suppliers, who may run out of wages as of May.
“Never has Robin Hood’s parable been so true: the rich will have to help the poor,” says Bessa.
According to him, government, banks and tenants will have to help. “In the case of renters [das lojas de shopping] they will have to do this, those who rent these spaces for us. We will spend 45 days without selling anything, absolutely nothing, imagine “, he says.
For the entrepreneur, the main concern is to preserve jobs “because without job preservation there is no economy”. “There is no consumption, nothing”, he stresses ..
He says that the vast majority of companies “have the cash to do,” malemá “, the first payroll, without paying taxes”.
“The breath is very short. It sells today to pay tomorrow, it is coming out of a crisis in 2014, a severe crisis, in which banks more retracted credit. And then, at the moment when they were opening up a little credit for people to resume our growth, that’s it ”, he added.