Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Positive results for the Left in Europe.

“The increase in support achieved by the communists and left wing forces in European Elections augers well in the struggle for a Social Europe, for Peace and Solidarity”, stated the Communist Party of Malta.
“The total support for these parties translated into an increase in the number of MEPs from 34 in 2009  to 51 today. The results gained by the communists and left wing forces in Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland are praiseworthy, and even so in Italy. These countries were all victims of austerity measures imposed by the Troika, which caused widespread poverty and precariousness amongst the working classes”.
“On a positive note, the left bloc in Spain together with the ‘Podemos’ movement obtained more votes than the traditional parties. This movement was formed 100 days before the elections by the Indignatos. The same was accomplished by Syriza in Greece. The left project in Italy for an “Alternative Europe” also made inroads in European elections were once again communists and radicals are active in Italy’s political arena. The communist movement in Portugal and the Left Alliance in Ireland also increased their support”. 
The Communist Party of Malta is highly concerned with the results attained by extreme right wing forces in these elections. These results highlighted the precarious situation that Europe is in. Once more, it seems that the big capital is aiding and abetting extreme right wing forces in its effort to thwart the success of progressive forces in Europe. This is evident in the events that are taking place in Ukraine. 

Communists appeal Unions for common position.

The Communist Party of Malta states that “union representatives should unify their forces against MIA proposal to outsource part of its services. These include the IT and porter services, Technical and Communications Department. Outsourcing is used to hand over the control of public services to private companies.”

The Party insists that “squabbles between unions over who will represent workers, is not in the worker’s interest. First and foremost, Unions should unite and form a common position against such proposals”.

“Outsourcing represents a new threat, contributing to worker insecurity, precarious jobs, and is reflective of the general process of a global neoliberal system”.