Saturday, July 23, 2016

Public Health Care should not be taken over by private entities



The Communist Party of Malta said that “the Government should invest more in public healthcare and not in the private sector. The proposed measure to incorporate the private in the running of public healthcare dentistry services in the community, shows, that public services in Malta are being taken over by private entities.

“Workers in the public health service should be aware as privatisation will push-down their working conditions and wages, as new workers will be employed under precarious conditions that include jobs on a definite contract, and others under temporary agency work contract”.


The Communist Party of Malta added that “Healthcare care should remain public and not transferred to profit-oriented entities as this threatens the concept of having a universal welfare system. Government should not use public finances to subsidise private hospitals and clinics”.

MADRID ADDRESS



Address of the Communist Party of Malta to the 10th Congress of the Communist Party of the People of Spain which was held on the 10th to 12th June 2016 at Torrejon de Ardoz Madrid.

Comrade President, Comrades,

Allow me to deliver the well wishes and Greetings of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Malta to the Leadership and all the cadres gathered here in Madrid for the 10th Congress of the Communist Party of the People of Spain and to auger success to the deliberations of this gathering

The Communist Party in Malta started to be really active in Malta in 1969 at first it worked under a semi clandestine conditions it was still difficult to work openly although Malta was independent on paper since 1964 there was still a strong British presence on the island practically Malta was still a colony with a British Governor representing the English Monarch who at the time was the head of state. Malta was governed by a right wing conservative administration which was undemocratically elected, through the imposition of moral sanctions by the Catholic Hierarchy which still had hegemony.  This was a Party that prior to the Second War had a notorious Fascist past as its leadership was implicated in collaboration with the Mussolini regime in Italy. At that time British imperialism the Catholic Church and the local Bourgeoisie held Malta in a tight grip.

The Communist Party was never a big party in Malta as workers give support to the Labour Party a Social Democratic Party which was led a by a charismatic leader Dom Mintoff who had promised to achieve full independence by expelling the British and NATO out
The General Elections in 1971 resulted in giving victory to the Social Democrats. At that time Dom Mintoff’s party  was on the left of the Socialist International (Second International) It was an enigmatic Party as the first thing they did when it came to was to rid itself of the Communist elements that were within its rank. This was a blessing for the still young Communist Party as most of them joined the Party and ended up in the leadership
In its own way the labour administration was progressive as it nationalized the banking system in Malta, took control of broadcasting, Malta’s Port and airport, which all were still in British hands. The Communist Party gave critical support and help to that Labour administration and even acted as go between in the dealings with the Soviet Union and the Socialist Community in Eastern Europe

Furthermore that administration amended the Maltese Independence Constitution.
The Changes that came about were:,
 Malta’s Status was changed from a Monarchic state became a republic with a Maltese head of state
A Neutrality Clause was entrenched in the new Constitution.  
With these new instruments in hand Malta joined up with the non-aligned movement and started on the road to close down the British and NATO military bases on the island. In 1979 Malta became free from military bases.
The contradictions within the labour party came to head. In the mid 1980’s   Mintoff left the leadership and in 1987 the Labour party lost the general elections. The ideological weakness of that administration led to corruption and cronyism which alienated the working class. The Communist Party tried to intervene by standing up for general elections with the hope of gaining the votes lost by labour. The results were disastrous as the electorate was already decided. The Labour Party had given socialism a bad name,  also, the fact that in the last minute Dom Mintoff convinced the Party conference to change the rules of the game which favoured the right wing conservative Nationalist Party. Through these disastrous results obtained in the elections the Party lost most of its members. In 1989 with the fall of the Soviet Union and Socialist Community in Eastern Europe the party took another blow. It took almost a decade for the party to recover

At the present moment in Malta is once again governed by another Labour administration This time  it is difficult  to determine where this administration politically stands. The Labour Party today is more a liberal Party than Social Democratic Party. It is now very easy for the bourgeoisie to associate themselves with this party and when challenged the present leader denied that it was a workers and described the party as a “party of labour”.  The Labour Party returned to power in May of 2013 after an absence of 25 years The Party had   been in opposition with the exception of 22 months as in1996 the then Malta Labour Party was in government for a short period until they were brought down by their former leader Dom Mintoff who did agree with the Blairite new labour policy adopted by the then leadership
The gains the working class had made were slowly taken away by the   conservative Nationalist Party which was once more again in office. This administration applied for European Union membership. Slowly the Banks were once again privitised and an austerity policy was started to get Malta’s economic situation within the EU specifications thus the working class in Malta started to feel the crunch long before the capitalist economic crises came to a head in the rest of Europe Privatizations became the order of the day, nd all public amenities were privitised.

 Malta became a European Member State in 2002 and in 2004 the Euro was introduced eventually the high level of corruption took its toll and in the 2013 General elections they suffered a heavy loss.
The Communist Party managed to survive the crises that had overtook took it in the early 1990’s and is still recovering. The Party has yet to reach to the level of the 1980’s but today the conditions are there
Today’s Labour administration is a far cry from the Dom Mintoff administrations of the 1970’s. Today’s administration has continued on the same neo liberal policies adhered by the previous conservative administration. This is alienating its grassroots, and if the Communist   Party overcomes certain logistical problems it can once again grow in membership. This will give the Party a more influential role than it had up to now.

Long Live Marxism Leninism
Long Live The Communist Party of the People of Spain.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Unique Debate on NATO to be Held in Malta,




 A Unique  Debate on NATO to be Held in Malta, on  May 27th, 2016*
 Friday 27, May  2016, From 18:30 am to around 20:30pm,  
at Workers memorial Building , GWU, South Street  Valletta
                   -  2nd Floor- Council Room-


FOR A PEACEFUL MEDITERRANEAN  WITHOUT FEAR !

Alba Malta North Africa Coordination , the Anti imperialist Tricontinental Platform- England  and Collettivo Askavusa from Lampedusa have the  pleasure to invite you to this Public event .
We have special guest speakers for the first time In Malta speaking  at the event, 

Sukant Chandan, Indian Political Analyst specialist on the Global South, Tricontinental Platform, England-
Lucio Santin, expert on migration issues, From Collettivo Askavusa, Lampedusa , Italy
Voices of Ex Yugoslavia Community in Malta,

AND LIVE MUSIC : BACIALA QUESTA TERRA ! 
South to South ! 
FROM SICILY TO LATINOAMERICA 
with Cesar, Fernando, Erno, Nolasco!

This last event will be dedicated to all the exiles people, refugees of NATO, forced to leave their homeland And to commemorate the  25th years of the Balkan wars.


Worker’s Day Message


 
On the occasion of the International Worker’s Day, the 1st of May, The Communist Party of Malta said "that various workers in Malta are facing uncertainties as the right to regular and decent conditions of employment is not any more protected".
 
The Party added that “precarious work contracts are becoming the order of the day. Under these new conditions the workers suffer from precarious, insecure, uncertain, and unpredictable working conditions”.
 
“There is an urgency for progressive Trade unions, workers, social movements and the left in Malta to come together to confront this new type of exploitation, and struggle for a decent wage, a secure future, social protection, and access to rights. This universality and dimension of the problem, calls also, for a coordinated and comprehensive action at the international and European level”.
 
The Communist Party of Malta is also aware of the increase of the extreme right wing ideology which is on the rise in Europe. This ideology threatens the principle of worker’s solidarity and the emancipation of the working class. This false belief targets vulnerable workers, immigrants and other minorities, with the aim to alienate the workers from their real struggles towards social justice and a classless society”.

 

Communists call for policies that secure a better future for immigrants in Malta.


 
The Communist Party of Malta appeals to the political class and the independent media to give importance to the problems facing immigrants in Malta. The Party supports the initiative taken by the migrant community in organising a peaceful protest to raise awareness on their precarious situation.
 
“Serious issues with regards immigration, such as the right for a citizenship for those children born in Malta, the right to a secure future, decent jobs and the right to equal treatment should be on the national agenda. The Party added that "good governance is not only about fighting corruption, but also about the responsibility of governments and governing bodies to meet the needs of all the people in society, especially the most vulnerable, such as immigrants”.

 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Statement of the Secretariat of the European Communist Initiative on MAY 1st




We are honoring the struggles of the working class and the workers of the world.
As Communist Parties, we consider this day not as a holiday, not as a simple annual event, but as an international day of proletarian solidarity and struggle of the working class and all workers.
As communist women and men, we are proud of our ideology, our values and ideals, our struggle for social progress, for the rights of peoples, for the liberation of humanity and its emancipation from the yoke of capitalism.
In our days, the working class and the laboring masses all over the world are direct witnesses and first victims of the consequences of the deep economic and social crisis of the capitalist system, which principally hits them and also other people's strata.
Capitalism leads to the worsening of working conditions, wage cuts, unemployment, insecurity and poverty on the rise and the intensification of measures of repression against class resistance and is responsible for imperialist wars and military interventions, presented under false and deceptive pronouncements, for control of markets and raw materials and chiefly the energy resources.
This fact is even more evident today. The imperialist war and aggression generate bloodshed and poverty, from which enormous numbers of migrants are attempting to flee.
The Communists play the leading role in the struggle against imperialist wars and defend the principle of internationalist struggle, work for the unity of the working class, regardless of their nationality and religion, and for the common struggle concerning labour and social rights.
On May 1st, the Communists call the working class, the workers to strengthen their mass mobilizations and intensify the class struggle, against capital, its political representatives and the anti-people political line against NATO and the EU and the other imperialist unions.
The Communists strongly reaffirm the vanguard role of the working class as the creator of all wealth, and we stress the social and historical necessity to overturn capitalism via a revolution and build a social system, where the wealth belongs to those who produce it, and the political power belongs to the great majority of the people: the working class and its allies.
We state openly and firmly, that our goal is a society with no exploitation of man by man, no imperialist wars, no hunger, no unemployment, nor poverty.
We are fighting for a society, based on the workers' power, the socialization of the means of production, the scientific centralized planning and the real and substantial democracy for the working masses, a society that will satisfy the contemporary needs of the people.
We express our internationalist solidarity to the workers in struggle, wherever they are fighting for their rights and their future.
Long live the workers' May 1st!
Workers of the world, unite!

Worker’s Day Message


 
On the occasion of the International Worker’s Day, the 1st of May, The Communist Party of Malta said "that various workers in Malta are facing uncertainties as the right to regular and decent conditions of employment is not any more protected".
 
The Party added that “precarious work contracts are becoming the order of the day. Under these new conditions the workers suffer from precarious, insecure, uncertain, and unpredictable working conditions”.
 
“There is an urgency for progressive Tradeunions, workers, social movements and the left in Malta to come together to confront this new type of exploitation, and struggle for a decent wage, a secure future, social protection, and access to rights. This universality and dimension of the problem, calls also, for a coordinated and comprehensive action at the international and European level”.
 

The Communist Party of Malta is also aware of the increase of the extreme right wing ideology which is on the rise in Europe. This ideology threatens the principle of worker’s solidarity and the emancipation of the working class. This false belief targets vulnerable workers, immigrants and other minorities, with the aim to alienate the workers from their real struggles towards social justice and a classless society”.