Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Budget: A step forward but more have to be done to address Poverty

The Communist Party of Malta views as a step forward the number of measures introduced in this budget with the aim to assist more, those pensioners on low income, persons with disability and workers on a minimum wage income.

“Regards adequacy of the national minimum wage and the national basic pension, still the budget lacks to address this precarious situation, where many will still be at-risk-of poverty.  Adequacy of the minimum wage demands a fair increase in the national minimum wage income. With regards to basic pension, for this to mature, the number of years involved should be reduced. In 20 years time the basic pension will again become inadequate”.

“With regards to measures, to assists those in need of financial assistance to be able to pay their rent for their accommodation, the party agree in principle, but other measures should have been introduced to curb the speculation with regards to rent fees, as prices will keep on increasing”.       

Communist Party of Malta - Budget should target poverty and social exclusion.

The Communist Party of Malta states that “the government should introduce measures in the coming budget that benefit mostly those in needs, such as, the people in the lower strata of society, the minimum wage earners, pensioners and single parent families”.  

The party added that “poverty is a social and economic issue, and thus a rise in the national minimum wage income should be a must, irrespective of the COLA increase. Other measures should include adjustment in the mechanism of COLA”.

“Also the government should start implementing housing reforms to help those in need in society. As things stand, with the rise in property prices and non affordable rent bills, adding also an unstable situation for workers with precarious employment and low wages,

“With regards to pensioners,  the most important aspect against poverty is the adequacy of the pension system.  The party appeals to the government to revise its policy for the national minimum pension is brought about within a shorter time period , and not as proposed on a twenty years time period”.

“Single parent families, with the majority being of female gender are also facing economical and poverty problems. Many, due to family responsibilities and commitments are opting for a part-time employment, thus working on low-pay. Thus the Government should assist financially those earning less than the minimum wage”.

The Government should also start to eradicate the abusive working conditions immigrants are facing in their daily life. The proposal, to open job centers to assist immigrants to seek job and at the same time aim legislation for decent working conditions
 should be implemented”.

Communists speak out against the part-privatisation of AirMalta

The Communist Party of Malta appeals to Parliament to not push forward the part-privatisation of Airmalta be it by selling shares to a foreign company or to local businessmen. The Government should safeguard the country’s state-owned assets.
“Other measures should be found in this regard, such as the setting up of a ‘public’ company to register part of the present workforce under this new company.  Government should also consider opening up of new subsidiary companies in the tourism sector that will be connected to the mother company AirMalta, so to assist financially the national airline". 
“Also the Government should consider buying 40% of the total shares of Malta International Airport, a fully privatised entity. The privatisation of MIA  has resulted in massive loss to AirMalta’s revenue.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


This Message was sent yo the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba on Saturday the 13th of August on the occasion of the 90th Birthday of the Father of the Cuban Revolution Commandant Fidel Castro.  

Dear Comrades,

Please convey the best wishes of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Malta to Comrade Fidel Castro on the occasion of his 90th Birthday. Please also convey to him our best regards. Communists in Malta wish him good health and many more years to live. We all have learned  from his revolutionary experiences and his personal wisdom in matters dealing with Socialism . We are sure that He will always enlighten our path towards the Socialist construction of society, where mankind will finally do away with Capitalism for Communism and World Peace and

Fraternal Regards   

Victor Degiovanni
Secretary Central Committee

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”.


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-


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,

South to South ! 
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.