Thursday, September 18, 2014

Positive results for the Left in Sweden

The Communist Party of Malta welcome the positive election results in Sweden. These elections gave a sufficient victory for the progressive forces of 43.7%, with the left party increasing its share of votes and will now elect 21 parliamentarians.
“This result will probably mark the end of an eight-year era of tax cuts for the rich and neo liberal policies instigated by a right wing coalition government. In fact, tax cuts threatened the country’s famed welfare system that Scandinavian countries are well known for.”
“This result also defeated the threat of the extreme right forces as all parties in the Social Democrat-led Red-Green coalition favour a more liberal asylum policy. This can only be achieved if the progressive forces form a coalition.”
“On the other hand, the Communist Party of Malta offers solidarity to the small left-wing feminist party that failed to reach the 4 percent threshold, finishing with 3.1 percent”.

Monday, August 25, 2014

“Local Councils should ensure Universal Use of Public Conveniences”

What results from this discriminatory policy

The Communist Party of Malta appeals to Marsascala Local Council not to apply the same discriminatory policy adopted by the Valletta Local Council to privatize public convenience.  Valletta Local Council is in fact discriminating between those who have the means and those who have not.
“Public conveniences should be accessible to all, regardless of a person’s income.  Universal use should be guaranteed, as this is a fundamental human right, such as the right to clean water”.
“The Minister in charge of Local Councils should condemn such policies and take action so public conveniences are once again be accessible to all”, stated the Communist Party of Malta.   

Friday, August 15, 2014

MEA’s employment proposals are a threat to workers.

“The proposals put forward by the Malta Employers Association, to change and amend the “Employment and Industrial Regulations Act”, are unacceptable. The association arguments with regards sick leave, threatens the worker’s right to sick leave. The Party gives all its support to the Unions who have come out against these proposals.

“MEA, in the first place should initiate a campaign amongst its members to avoid a situation where workers have to toil under extreme conditions exposed to sunrays. Various studies show that long exposures in summer to the ultraviolet rays of the sun will lead to various health hazards, which include skin cancer and sunstroke”.       

“Same applies to sports, the Communist Party of Malta sees this as a regressive measure, against the individual right to participate in sporting events. The Minister under whose responsibility sports falls should outrightly condemn this proposal”.

“With regards to COLA, the party insists for a progressive reform, so that the increase for the cost of living is more realistic. We appeal also for an increase in the national minimum wage, so that families on low income can live a decent life”.   

The Communist Party of Malta considers MEA proposals as if coming from a Theocratic State. The Malta Employers Association should strive for a better work-life balance, as this will strengthen industrial relations. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

“Maltese Ambassador in Tel Aviv should be recalled”

Simon Pullicino Malta's Ambassador to Israel

“The separate declaration, issued recently by the Maltese Government and the Opposition, in solidarity with the people of Gaza should be now backed by the calling back of the Maltese Ambassador in Tel Aviv”,  stated the Communist Party of Malta.
“Malta should follow Sweden and other Latin American countries who withdraw their Ambassadors from Israel in protest at Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. The governments in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and El Salvador have all called back their ambassadors”.
“Malta should also support the resolution made by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate Israel over war crimes committed in Gaza. This resolution already has the backing of 29 countries”.
“The Palestinian death toll from a devastating Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip rose to 1283, according to a Gaza Health Ministry spokesman. At least 7170 Palestinians have also been injured in the ongoing Israeli attacks since July 7”, concluded the Communist Party of Malta.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Communists condemn the Governments’ double standards.

Gaza: Malta is Neutral
Malta takes sides

The Communist Party of Malta deems the comments made by the Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat on CNN with regards to more sanctions against Russia as premature, as the United Nations investigations are not yet complete.
The Party is amazed how the Government did not react against the Israeli aggression in Gaza, where Palestinian Civilians are the victims of continuous bombing by Israeli military forces, which breaches all International laws.
“The position taken by the Government is not in line with traditional socialist principles and ideas. On the contrary the government is playing in the hands of US Imperialism”.
“With respect to Palestine, the Communist Party of Malta expressed solidarity with the people of Gaza, the activists in France which are being denied the right to express solidarity with Palestine by a supposedly socialist Prime Minister, and with activists from the Palestinian solidarity network (Malta) who were stopped from exposing in public, a streamer in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, eventually taken to court and fined”.

Communists condemn privatisation of energy production

"The approval in Parliament of the Energy Bill, to give the Government the legal right to privatise energy production and distribution is of major concern. Strategically, the Government is giving away all of Malta's sovereignty in energy production", stated the Communist Party of Malta.
"Similar policies were applied by the previous administration. These policies resulted in the state losing control of essential public services; increase in prices; new employment contracts on precarious conditions, and running of these services in private monopolies. Public services should remain under state control". 
"Contrary to all this, the Party supports Government's initiative to sign an agreement with China to produce in Malta renewable energy mechanism and sources".
The Communist Party of Malta appeals to the General Workers Union to be careful not to allow the new management taking ownership of Malta's energy production and distribution to engage new workers on precarious job conditions, as it had happened in the postal service, telecommunication, security and the environmental sector".

Sunday, July 13, 2014

“Government should support the Palestinian Cause” – Communist Party of Malta.

“The declaration made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr George Vella, to keep secret Malta’s position with regards the vote to allow Israel to hold a seat in UN Security Council, as one, that betrays the Palestinian cause.

“The Government present policy contrasts largely with the traditional labourite principles, one of which was, solidarity with the people of Palestine”, stated the Communist Party of Malta.

“Traditionally, past Labour administrations from the Dom Mintoff era till now, always supported the Palestinian people’s cause. This policy was also upheld by the Nationalist administrations from 1987 onward through the initiative of Dr Guido Demarco.”

“The Government should officially declare it’s position with regards to Palestinian issue and clearly state how its representative is going to vote on the Israeli vote. The Communist Party of Malta reiterates that the Zionist State of Israel should not occupy a seat in the UN Security Council, as Israel had never observed UN resolutions against it. The Maltese Government should not condone such behavior.

“We also appeal to the government to condemn the criminal punitive measures being taken by Israel against the Palestinian population in Gaza”, ended the Communist Party of Malta.