Monday, March 3, 2014
The Communist Party of Malta considers that the visit made by the four MPs to the closed detention centre at Ħal Far could have been seen as a provocation. Irregular immigration should not be subject to any detention policy.
"On the contrary, it should be one that shows solidarity with these immigrants. These people are victims of a capitalist economic system where conflict, poverty, exploitation and slavery are an integral part of this economic system."
The Party calls upon the Maltese parliament to change the detention policy to a one in favour of open centres. On European level, Malta should stand firm for a compulsory burden sharing.
The Communist Party of Malta condemns “EU double standards ” with regards to Ukraine’s internal affairs.
The Communist Party of Malta said that “the position taken by the European Union is condemnable, both in its double standards and hypocrisy”.
“In 2010, the Council of Europe passed a resolution 1755 to welcome “the consolidation of power” of the democratically elected President Yanukovich in Ukraine, and called this as being “desirable”. This was the time when Yanukovich was in constant negotiations with EU partners to bring the country close to the European Union”.
“The change in EU position and the support given to the opposition to throw out of power the democratically elected president is a clear signal that the EU is losing its democratic credentials and acting the same way as any other imperialist country”.
The Communist Party of Malta supports the only democratic voice in this crisis, the Communist Party of Ukraine which is calling for a national referendum on the definition of foreign economic policy of Ukraine’s integration and to carry out a political reform, eliminate the institution of the president and install a parliamentary republic, significantly expand the rights of territorial communities.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
The Communist Party of Malta is highly concerned with the lack of support that is being given to the European Commission’s proposal for a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) by the majority of the Maltese candidates contesting the European Parliamentary Elections.
The Party stressed that “in order to address poverty and social inequality, the European Union need to change radically its political path and also introduce more progressive fiscal policies, such as the financial transaction tax. Otherwise, the European Union will not haveenough money to pay for policies planned at European level, such assistance to agriculture, assistance to poorer regions, and sufficient funding to address unemployment, poverty and social inequality”.
The Communist Party of Malta appeals to all candidates to support this European proposal. It is clear that to strengthen the European Social Model, Malta should not take a position against. Instead we should encourage the harmonisation of this tax. The Communists and Left Block in the European Parliament are also defending this proposal.
Monday, February 3, 2014
|Neo-NAZI violence in Kiev|
The Communist Party of Malta joins forces with other European Communists and Workers Parties in solidarity with the working people and the Communist Party of Ukraine who are under constant attack by extreme right wing forces.
“Neo Nazis have taken over the opposition parties’ demonstration and turned them over into extreme acts of violence. The European Union and US are also to blame for all this due to their biased stance taken against the democratically elected Ukrainian government. It is also shameful that the EU Commissioner and US senators have participated in the demonstrations organised by the opposition.”
The Communist Party of Malta believes that the final decision should be taken by the people of Ukraine through a referendum and not by a violent mob in the streets of Kiev. EU is backing a section of the imperialist powers which are fighting each other over who will prevail in a relentless competition over the markets and energy sources. Maltese MEPs should support the Left in the European Parliament who are calling upon the European Union and its members to act as a mediator and push for both sides to come to a political solution.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Communist Party of Malta notes that the European Parliament’s Transport committee has rubber stamp plans to further liberalize public transport in Europe. The main aim is to privatise the whole service in Europe.
“This approval has been condemned by the left forces in the European Parliament as a step in the wrong direction for workers, passengers, and democracy. The European Union remains fixed with the neoliberal dogma of selling public utilities for the profit by private speculators.
The Communist Party said that "in Malta, privatization of public utilities has led to higher prices, more social inequality and precarious conditions of employment. Arriva and the gas privatization strengthen the parties’ fundamental belief on this issue.”
“The Maltese Government should not succumb to the failed neoliberal dogma of ‘for sale’ and instead adopt a policy that favours public control of essential utilities.”
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Communist Party of Malta urges the government to introduce legislation that will give the right to parents to use their sick leave if their children are sick. The Party supports the stand taken by the "Forum Unions Maltin" in condemning the argument brought forward by the Malta Employer’s Association against this proposal.
“Such proposals will strengthen equality between couples and will make it easier for single parents to participate in the labour market. The Malta Employer’s Association should give more priority towards the elimination of precarious jobs in the labour market, rather than objecting to such progressive policies.
The Government should also aim for an increase in the minimum. This will improve the standard of living of minimum wage earners who are living in risks of poverty and social exclusion. Measures that will be of benefit to low income families should also be part of the government’s strategy in its fight against poverty.”
Monday, January 20, 2014
The Communist Party of Malta appeals to the Minister for Social Policy and Family Affairs to investigate if any rights are infringed by the Valletta Local Council with regards the accessibility of public conveniences due to the fact that a fee is being charged for its use.
“The policy by the local council is condemnable as it hinders access to public conveniences to vulnerable people in society. Official statistics show that 16% of the population is living in risk of poverty. While 22.9% are in the risk of social exclusion. The local council should aim to lower social exclusion rather than raise it.”
The Communist Party of Malta stands against payment for the use of public conveniences. The Party reiterates that the competent authority should guarantee accessibility to all.