Monday, May 11, 2015

The Maltese Government should take a clear stand against Zionism

Naftali Bennett

The Communist Party of Malta appeals to the Maltese Government to  condemn the formation of the New Israeli Government which includes in the new cabinet the Deputy Naftali Bennett belonging to the far-right "Jewish Home Party".
It is a well known fact that “the far-right Jewish Home Party strongly opposes the formation of a Palestinian State and supports  further settlements on Palestinian lands. As a matter of fact, after this new government was formed, Israel gave the green light for construction of another 900 new homes in Ramat Shlomo, a settlement neighborhood in East Jerusalem”.
The Communist Party of Malta shares the same views of the international communists and worker’s movement for the establishment of a Palestinian State and for the immediate release of all communist activists from various prison camps belonging to the Palestinian Authority, and also from those belonging to the Zionist State of Israel.   


The European Communist Initiative during the meeting of its Secretariat in Athens on 8/9 issued the following resolution on the 70th anniversary of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples:
70 years ago at the daybreak of the 9th of May 1945, the seemingly invincible Germany unconditionally surrendered. The Red Army crushed fascism and raised the red flag with the hammer and sickle high over Berlin.
The European Communist Initiative honours the over 20 million dead of the Soviet Union, all those who sacrificed themselves, who were disabled on the battlefields, who contributed with self-sacrifice and heroism to the defeat of fascism. It notes the vanguard role and decisive contribution of the communist parties all over the world to the national liberation struggle.
We honour and defend the unsurpassed contribution of the USSR and socialism, the struggle of the communists from the lies and ahistorical distortions. The peoples of Europe today must reject the provocative and anti-historical aim of the EU and its governments to equate communist with the fascist monster. We must denounce the offensive that has been unleashed by capital’s forces which promote anticommunism, the persecution and bans on the activity of communist parties, the trials against communists, the outlawing of communist symbols and the dissemination of communist ideas, as recently happened in Ukraine, insulting the memory of the militants of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples. The honouring of the Nazi collaborators and their political descendants is an enormous provocation. The mass celebration of the Anti-fascist Victory is a defiant response to the EU and capitalists that are vainly trying to transform this day into the alleged “Day of Europe”. The history of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples will not be rewritten.
It has been demonstrated clearly and is confirmed today that fascism is created and nourished by the capitalist system itself, it is the most extreme form of the monopolies’ power that is based on capitalist exploitation. The fascist-Nazi ideology is inherently criminal. This was proved by the appalling crimes of the Nazis in World War II, the mass murders and persecution, the Nazi concentration camps, the criminal activity of the Sturmabteilung against communists, other antifascists, immigrants. The youth in particular must draw important lessons from this history.
The peoples today are suffering due to the barbaric anti-worker offensive of capital so that it can overcome its crisis, in the context of sharpening competition.  They are experiencing the new dangers of imperialist wars and intervention, in which the EU-USA and NATO play the leading role. Their enemy is none other than the monopolies and their power. Their future prospects are to be found in the struggle for the liberation of the working class from the shackles of exploitation. 70 years after the Antifascist Victory of the Peoples, its lessons strengthen our unshakable conviction that socialism-communism is the new world.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Communists against Government’s policy that sustains class society.

The Communist Party of Malta condemns Government’s neoliberal strategy of supporting the opening of an American University in Malta. The Government should focus more on the University of Malta with regards to public expenditure, human capacity and resources, research and innovation.

The Party maintains that “the result of this could lead to a two-class university system in Malta: underfunded, crowded institutions for the majority of students and private universities for the elite that can afford to pay. The Communist Party hopes that this is not the case”.

“The Bologna Process, an EU strategy that promotes reforms for a totally free market system in the educational system will strengthen the divide between those who have and who have not. Leftists should not give support to right wing policies and should instead campaign for a classless society”. 

70th anniversary of the Victory over nazi-fascism

The liberation of Berlin by Soviet troops in May of 1945, marks the victory of the peoples in World War II and the defeat of Nazi-fascism – the most violent form of class domination generated by capitalism and the direct cause of the war and of the death of tens of millions of human beings.
The decisive role in the Victory of May 9, 1945 was played by the Soviet Union, its people and Red Army, under the leadership of its Communist Party. It was on the Eastern Front that the major battles which determined the outcome of World War II were fought. To mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory is to recall and celebrate the heroism, the courage and determination of millions of Soviet men and women who, at the cost of enormous sacrifice and of over 27 million dead, resisted and fought, giving a decisive contribution to the defeat of the Nazi-fascist barbarity. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victory is to remember and praise the heroism, courage and determination of millions of other resistance fighters and anti-fascist strugglers from all over the world who dedicated and committed their lives to the struggle for Victory.
Nazi-fascism was a brutal instrument of big capital to impose its rule, when confronted with the profound crisis of capitalism which followed World War I, in particular after the big crisis of 1929 and the repercussions of the October Revolution. Anti-communism was always a defining trait of Nazi-fascism. Everywhere, the working-class and popular movements, and especially the Communists, were its first victims. Everywhere, the Communists were in the front ranks of the resistance to fascism and were at the vanguard of the mass and armed resistance which led to the liberation.
Today, the resurgence of the fascist threat and the danger of a new war of great proportions are real and and growing. Again, in the context of an ever deeper crisis of capitalism – which results from its irreconcilable contradictions – big capital is attempting to emerge from the crisis by force, imposing brutal levels of exploitation and attacking the peoples' sovereignty and the independence of States on all continents. The big imperialist powers attempt to impose their world-wide hegemony by military means, multiplying their wars of aggression. Ukraine is living the consequences of fascist action, with the active support of the USA and the European Union – and of their military wing, NATO. In the name of “the struggle against Communism”, revisionism and historical forgery, with the shameless equation between fascism and Communism, are leading to a rehabilitation of fascism.
It is therefore of crucial importance to recall the lessons of history, to remember the crimes of Nazi-fascism, its class nature and the complicities which gave rise to its ascent. The tragedy of World War II must not be forgotten, so that another catastrophe may be prevented.
The undersigned Communist and Workers' Parties call upon the workers and the peoples of the whole world to develop their liberating struggle, to make the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Victory over Nazi-fascism into a powerful assertion of unity and struggle for peace, and against the threat of fascism and war, which is rooted in capitalism and which represents a danger to Humanity, and for democracy, social progress and socialism.

List of signatory parties

Communist Party of Albania
Communist Party of Argentina
Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism
Communist Party of Australia
Workers Party of Belgium
Communist Party of Brazil
Communist Party of Britain
New Communist Party of Britain
Communist Party of Canada
Communist Party of Chile
Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia
Progressive Party of the Working People, Cyprus
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
Communist Party in Denmark
Communist Party of Denmark
German Communist Party
Communist Party of Greece
Hungarian Workers' Party
Communist Party of India
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
 Tudeh Party of Iran
Iraqui Communist Party
Communist Party of Ireland
Party of the Italian Communists
Lebanese Communist Party
 Communist Party of Luxembourg
New Communist Party of the Netherlands
Communist Party of Malta
Communist Party of Mexico
Peruan Communist Party
Portuguese Communist Party
Communist Party of the Russian Federation
Communists of Serbia
South African Communist Party
Communist Party of Slovakia
Syrian Communist Party
Syrian Communist Party (Unified)
 Communist Party of Spain
Communists of Catalunya, Spain
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
Communist Party of Swaziland
Communist Party, Turkey
Communist Party of Uruguay
Communist Party of Ukraine
Communist Party of Venezuela
Comunist Party of Vietnam
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia

Friday, May 1, 2015

The May 1st Declaration of the Secretariat of the Initiative of the Communist and Workers Parties Europe.

The first of May –the Day of the working class, is a day to remember and honour the workers who gave their lives for the rights of the working class. It symbolizes its struggle to liberate itself from wage slavery and to abolish the exploitation of man by man, for socialism-communism. We continue to openly declare our aims, we address a call to the working men and women all over the world: the rotten capitalist system based on exploitation cannot be improved, it can only be overthrown. The EU cannot be improved and capitalism cannot become people-friendly. No management of this barbaric exploitative system can constitute a way out for the people. The only way out is the overthrow of the power of the monopolies, the socialization of the means of production. Viva  socialism!

We raise the significance of this important day for all workers, when here in Europe millions of people are jobless, mainly from the younger generation, when poverty is expanding. The future of the youth is seriously endangered. Basic rights of the working class are restricted, women are being discriminated against, poor farmers are being ruined and the self-employed are oppressed by the monopolies. The barbaric capitalist path of development is being followed all over Europe either with the management of the social-democrats, new or old, or with the liberals, with or without memoranda, regardless of a country’s relationship or association with the EU. This day symbolizes the demands on the path of class struggle, for permanent and stable work with rights, for all the contemporary needs of the working class and other poor popular strata that are being suffocated. It means fighting for the emancipation of the workers from employer-led trade unionism and the compromised leaderships.
Today’s May the First takes place in a period which is characterized by the strengthening of fascism, for example in Ukraine, which 70 years after the Great Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples is being provocatively backed by the EU, the USA and NATO and their imperialist interventions that heroize those who collaborated with the Nazis! We reject the imperialist wars as intensely as we reject exploitation and the system that creates it. We reject the interference of imperialism inside independent states. We struggle for peace against the unjust wars. We commit all our forces so that the events to honour  May 1 and as well as those for the 70th anniversary of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples will  be massive and successful.

Communist and Workers’ parties from all over the Europe gathered in ‘The European Communist Initiative’ and fight against the EU monopolies and their power.  They confront and oppose the crude anti-communist propaganda, the bans, the obstacles and restrictions on the activity of Communist Partie
s which are promoted by the EU. The EU which provocatively and anti-historically equates communism with fascism.

 We address ourselves to you, working men and women, youth, pensioners, with the message - the unity of our class is necessary against the offensive of capital, the alliance with all the poor oppressed strata is our path.

Today, capital’s forces know their reign is coming to an end. Hope is to be found in the struggle for our contemporary rights against the monopolies and their power. PROLETARIANS OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Day Message of the PKM

On the Occasion of Worker’s Day, the Communist Party of Malta joins up with the International Communists and Worker’s movement in the struggle against precariousness, poverty, unemployment, the dismantlement of public services and the welfare state.
The Party condemns all those that refute the class struggle. It’s a shame that the mainstream political parties in Malta support neoliberal policies which are bringing about precariousness. Infact 22% of the workers in Malta are being employed in precarious work which varies from part-time employment to work on a defenite contract.
“With regards to social services, The Communist Party of Malta condemns Goverment’s policy that give more importance to dependancy rather than the adequacy of social benfits. In this regard, the Government should increase it’s expenditure on non- contributory benefits, so that persons are not at risk of poverty. The Party stated that although the economy growth is reaching higher levels, so is poverty”.    
With respect to public services, the Party believes that the State should not abdicate from it’s responsabilities in running these services. Policies that favour public-private- partnerships in the Health sector will finally result in the privatisation of public services, with the risk of inferior working conditions, increase in the public expenditure, and the deterioration of this service. In countries where such policies were applied, people had to pay for the service.  
The Communist Party of Malta insists that “the Government should re-introduce an increase in the taxation for those whose wage bracket varies between €20,000 and €60,000 per annum. On the other hand the Party appeals for a national campaign against tax evasion”.
The Party concludes by appealing to all Trade Unions in Malta to join together and take control of May Day Celebrations. In European Capitals this is the norm.


Statement of the parties of the European Communist Initiative on the right to work and the protection of the unemployed

Despite the misleading messages of European bourgeois governments and the European Union, the unemployment figures remain at very high levels in many countries in Europe. In the countries where official figures are low, the jobs that are created are insecure, transient and highly precarious with low wages and few employment rights.

The huge destruction of productive forces that followed the outbreak of the capitalist crisis is now followed by the creation of jobs which are characterised by poor working conditions, low pay and that cannot meet the most basic needs of working people.

The direction which the EU follows is the promotion of “mobility”, “casualisation” and the “flexibility” of employment and labour relations, thus exposing workers to increased vulnerability, diminution of their rights and subjection to the will of the employers. The use of agency workers to undercut the pay and conditions of other workers increases the level of exploitation, intensifies the race to the bottom and demonstrates the hypocrisy of the EU and its governments with regard to immigration. Research has shown that workers employed on low paid precarious work are more likely to suffer poor health together with anxiety and stress as a result of financial and social uncertainty.

Young workers are particularly vulnerable to the problem of unemployment. The structures of the European Union take advantage of their situation to modify the entire system of labour relations through programmes such as “youth guarantee” and the “youth contract”, which only serve to “recycle” unemployment and fund the employers under the pretence of providing training.

The European Commission has recently offered some data on job creation maintaining a predicted unemployment rate above 20% in countries like Spain and Greece, which means more misery for millions of workers.

The working class and working people in the European countries should not be fooled by official figures that count as employees those who work for weeks, days or even hours, while those who are taking courses of training are excluded from unemployment rolls.

Millions of workers in Europe have lost all hope of finding a job and survive on family benefits or miserable social assistance programs. The protection of the unemployed is decreasing and new measures restricting the rights of unemployed workers are constantly put in place.

Unemployment means desperation, social isolation, poverty and misery for millions of workers and their families. This is intensified by the brutal increase in exploitation. Fear of job loss and the ever-present threat of unemployment allow employers to savagely punish the entire working class.

Forced chronic mass unemployment and its consequences, including emigration, suffered by broad sectors of the working class in all capitalist countries without exception, exposes the lies of the bourgeoisie about the viability and functioning of capitalism. It refutes the fallacy that if all of us "join forces" the “economy” will be saved. The sacrifices of the working class, whether accepting intolerable conditions, wage cuts, diminishing rights and increasing inequality, have not prevented the closure of plants and workplaces and their relocation to countries where slave-like conditions increase the profits of the employers.

Unemployment is not a natural phenomenon but a necessary condition of the development of capitalism which is unable to provide decent living conditions for the workers and peoples. Since unemployment is inherent in the capitalist system, it can only disappear through the overthrow of capitalism, as demonstrated by the experience of the Soviet Union and the socialist countries, where unemployment was unknown.

We call on the working class and popular sectors to fight firmly to defend their labour and social rights and for the highest level protection for unemployed workers. In each country, our parties are at the forefront of the struggle for immediate measures for the protection and relief of the unemployed. At the same time, we affirm that, under capitalism, no right is guaranteed and it is necessary to link the struggle to defend the right to work with the struggle for the construction of workers' and people's power which will put a definitive end to the scourge of unemployment.