Sunday, March 25, 2012
Revision of the national minimum wage should be a priority.
The Communist Party of Malta agrees with Caritas report on Poverty, which revealed that in reality families on a minimum wage income are living beneath the poverty line. These families are finding it difficult to pay for the basic necessities”.
“The Government has the responsibility to ensure that families on a minimum wage income enjoy a decent standard of living and should accept and implement the Caritas proposal for an increase in the national minimum wage”.
“In a capitalist system the workers are the ones that generate profit and surplus value, and so workers should be treated with dignity. Any opposition against an increase in the minimum wage will result in more flagrant exploitation, as workers will have to work more hours to make ends meet”.
“The Malta Employers Association should not obstruct Caritas proposal. Workers on a minimum wage income are the mostly employed in precarious jobs, and so a revision in the national minimum wage should be a priority”, concluded the Party.