Friday, March 10, 2017

Statement of the Secretariat of the European Communist Initiative on the 8th of March of Struggle

The Secretariat of the European Communist Initiative sends warm militant greetings, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day to the working women, unemployed women, women pensioners, urban and rural self-employed, to the young mothers, to the young women in university and school. It particularly salutes women refugees and immigrants, women from single-parent or large families, women with special needs and the mothers of children with special needs.
Female work exploitation, employer intimidation, dismissals, abuse of women, are clear signs of a rotten system, capitalism, based on the exploitation, at a time when all the rights, previously obtained through decades of class struggle, are being rapidly canceled.
The forms of gender and class discrimination continue to exist in every aspect of the economic, social, cultural life of women, as they are a source of additional profit for capital. They are utilized by all the bourgeois governments globally for the competitiveness of the monopolies. Inside this framework, the living standards of proletarian women are even worse. Women are the first ones to be fired, on the altar of the profits of big capital, they are underpaid in respect of men, they are forced to carry out a heavy work for free, or cannot access education because they cannot afford it, or endure violent cohabitation conditions just because they have no alternatives or simply do not know their rights.
Women are forced to supply social and family care services in substitution of the public sector, which has downgraded social services provided by local government, various NGOs and “social cooperatives”. This is the strategy of the EU and its governments to reduce social services and infrastructure, shifting the burden onto the workers’-people’s income.
Nevertheless, we are witnessing the ostensible paradox of women dying from exertion for 3 euros per hour or to stop looking for a job because they have enough of being continuously rejected.
The current social system cannot give answers to these problems.  
The bourgeois-social-democratic and liberal- parties and collaborationist trade unions are using gender diversity to blur the consciousness of class diversity. There is no affinity between bourgeois and proletarian women and there can be no solidarity between those who carry out class oppression and those who are subjected to it. Gender oppression is a consequence of class oppression and a division of labor that is functional to it. Therefore, women's emancipation cannot be obtained in a way, other than through the general emancipation of labor.
The right to permanent and stable work with rights, with a satisfactory salary and pension, to be provided with healthcare, assisted maternity and education are at the core of the contemporary needs of women and their struggles as a part of the general class struggle. Only a higher form of organization of society, with the overthrow capitalism and the establishment of socialism-communism can put an end to the double class and gender oppression of women.
The women of the working class must not accept that the children of the working class, of the people, their children become victimizers or victims in the imperialist interventions for the interests of the monopoles. They must demonstrate popular solidarity with the thousands of refugees, amongst them women, infants, unaccompanied children and adolescents and isolate the racist poison. They must honor in this way the contemporary internationalist message of March 8th.
History confirms this truth. One hundred years ago, the Great Socialist October Revolution achieved for the first time the full and real equality of women's rights, taking a decisive step for the emancipation of women.
Therefore, March 8 should not simply be a celebration, but a day of political mobilization, marking the upswing of the struggle to win the contemporary rights and to satisfy the needs of working women and men, for a world free of exploitation. On the occasion of March 8th, we address this call to reinforce the struggles for the achievement of our common goals and we greet the working women of Europe and the world.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Maltese Communists condemn EU agreement on Migration.

The Communist Party of Malta condemns the agreement reached by the European Union in Malta on migration, to try to cut off the route from Libya into Europe.
"The Party also condemns the two main parties in Malta for supporting the European Union, which is being hijacked by extreme right elements".   
The Communist Party of Malta urges all left and progressive forces in Malta to join together to show their disapproval to this agreement and the approval made by the Labour and Nationalist Party to this accord.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

European Communist Meeting EU Parliament Brussels January 23rd 2017.

One Hundred Years from the events of 7th November 1919.                                                 Communist Party Malta.                                             

2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the Great October Revolution This Revolution took place in Russia on November 7th of 1917. This was the greatest event of the 20th Century; it was a step forward that shook the world from its foundation, it brought about great changes where Marxist theory was put to practice, and also left an indelible mark in the history of mankind.
The salvation of humanity lies only in the transformation of the society into a Socialist Society.
Over 100 years ago Roza Luxemburg said “either Socialism or Barbarism” and since the counter revolutions that took place in the Soviet Union and the Socialist Community in Eastern Europe, this statement rings true, as exactly towards barbarism capitalism has led us. The Great October Revolution inspires and shows us the way forward in our struggles.

The Socialist road embarked upon by Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik Party after years of ceaseless struggle, at last had led to the Great October Revolution of 1917. The call by Lenin “All Power to the Soviets” led the then oppressed Russian workers and peasantry into open revolt against the “Provisional Government   that had replaced the Tsarist regime. This workers and farmers Revolution shaped the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics from the 15 countries that formed the previous Tsarist Empire. The USSR was to become a state governed by the workers.
 The USSR from a backward country under the Tsarist regime was to become a leading country competing in all respects with the United States of America which in the twentieth Century was the leading power in the western world. The Soviet Union achieved for its citizens full literacy and a first class free health service in the years preceding World War. This was again restored in a short period after the Second World War
Through its 73 year history proved that not only the working class could lead society but that is was also the bastion of the working classes in the Western Capitalist Countries. Through its people’s efforts and their leaders namely Joseph Stalin, with great personal sacrifices the Soviet people built up a mighty land that eventually was put to test during the Great Patriotic war, much greater sacrifices were required to ward off the German invasion of 22 June 1941. These Sacrifices included loss of 24 million soviet citizens, and the complete destruction of soviet cities and villages. However through its great contribution the Soviet Union was the leading force that assured the victory over Fascism in the Second World War.
The achievements of the Soviet Union were evident needless to say the scientific accomplishments, speak for themselves. The Soviet Union was to become the champion of all countries that were oppressed by colonialism and was a catalyst in the liberation of all colonized countries It was the Soviet Union that supported Malta’s and other countries that demanded independence in the UN.
The Second War was barely over new war clouds arose on the horizon, not satisfied with the Yalta Treaty,  Imperialism with the aid of new weapons felt safe to challenge  the Soviet Union. The Nuclear Armaments this time were the threat not only to the Soviet Union but to the whole of mankind. This threat was neutralised by the Soviet Scientists who also were able to develop nuclear armaments in a very short time. A stalemate position then ensued. This came to be known as the Cold War. This period ended in the late 1980’s with a supposedly disarmament treaty which also ended the Yalta treaty.
Through the revisionism which had started during the Khrushchev period, and the weak leadership that ensued, plus the final internal betrayals of Gorbachev and Yeltsin, the counter revolution triumphed after 73 years, and the Soviet Union came to a sad end.  Imperialism had triumphed and went on to break every treaty that it had made with the now defunct Soviet Union. Today we are living in a unipolar world the U.S. dictating its demands which are always in tune with its own interests, which happens to be everywhere.
Capitalism today is in decay. The predictions, made by Karl Marx about its final collapse, have at last arrived.  Fascist forces are arising out of capitalism’s foul decomposition. Fascism is the tool that the bourgeoisie uses when its position is threatened, and exactly this is what has resulting from the collapse of the capitalist system. The virus that infected this system started long before the short lived triumph brought about by the counter revolution of 1989 that led to the fall of the Soviet Union and Socialist Community in Eastern Europe.  It was believed then that the disappearance of the Eastern Europe Socialist community and the Soviet Union will open new markets and give capitalism a new impetus thus ensuring its survival.
The opposite of what was expected ensued as the banking system started to collapse first in U.S then in tandem, the rest of the capitalist countries in Western Europe this brought about the capitalist crises that now has been an ongoing feature in the daily life of the European working classes. Workers especially in the southern European Countries are facing austerity measures imposed on them by the “Troika.” (the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).)
These measures have resulted in high unemployment, precarious jobs, reduced wage packets, reduced pensions and other social assistance. This has brought about misery on all the strata of workers from white collars to blue collars.  Furthermore, a rise in poverty amongst low the wage workers. A new term is being used to define those earning a low wages, they are being known as “the working poor” because they cannot cope with the rising prices of commodities  
Wars of aggression by the Empire and its NATO allies are being waged against third world countries in an effort to emerge from these crises by exhorting from them their natural resources. This however is not something new as in the 19th Century it was the old imperialist powers France and Britain committed such acts. However today this is a paradox, as these wars continues to deepen the crises by putting more demands upon the already empty coffers, and thus creating more hardships on the workers in western world who are expected to pocket the bill and on the workers of the third world who are expected to be the victims.
This year all Communists and progressives around the world are celebrating the 100 years anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. Today, though Soviet Union is no longer with us, through the internal betrayals by its last leaders.  This should not hinder us. Our tasks and struggles today are to give Capitalism its “coup de grĂ¢ce” and to reach the masses everywhere to build socialism on a global scale thus ridding the world of miseries, suffering, and wars.

  Victor Degiovanni.

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