Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Communist Party appeals for progressive changes in work practices.

Action is needed not talk. 

The Communist Party of Malta views the changes in the labour market with concern. Various studies show that the working conditions are deteriorating, to the detriment of the workers and their families' living standard. The capitalist system is maximalising profits to the disadvantage of the working class.       
The Party notes that “the neoliberal concept which is bringing more deregulation, flexible labour market, and 'outsourcing' are all tools in the hands of the capitalists. These measures will result in lower wages, more employment on temporary and part-time basis (precarious), dismantlement of social protection, and the destruction of the collective bargaining."         
"Precarious employment, although it generates more profit to the companies, and creates more employment due to a reduction in regular jobs, is bringing about lower wages, inferior conditions of work, and also an increase in the working poor."
The Party states "that labour flexibility which is more capital oriented has brought about a situation were the worker has no other choice, but to adapt to the exigencies of the employer and the market. This phenomenon is not only effecting the lower strata, but also others on higher strata, which up to today were classified as 'white collar jobs'. Call Centres employees are experiencing lower wages and precariousness, through definite contracts and temporary employment."   
The Communist Party of Malta appeals "that health and safety regulations, decent pay and conditions of work should be a requisite on an obligatory basis in government issued tenders. The Government, as the client who is receiving the service should be responsible to see that these regulations are observed and should take the necessary measures to enforce such regulations. The Party believes that this practice to outsource work should finally come to an end and instead employ workers directly."
"We insists that the government should aid in the formation of worker's cooperatives as an other alternative to the present outsourcing system. The Party concludes by stating that immediate solutions are needed by the workers, rather than more empty promises. If no action is taken, the number of the working poor will be on the increase."

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