The Communist Party of Malta considers the debate going on with regards the proposal for an increase in the minimum wage. In reality families on a minimum wage income are living in relative poverty. These families are finding it difficult to even pay for the basic necessities, such as energy, gas and other essential items.
“The Government has the responsibility to assure that families on a minimum wage income enjoy a decent standard of living. Many people who are criticising this proposal are all in a better class position, and so they have no right to obstruct this proposal”.
“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”.
“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.