Sunday, May 25, 2014

Communists condemn the banning of Communist Party in Ukraine.

The Communist Party of Malta condemns the declarations made recently by the unelected Interim Government of Ukraine, to ban the communist movement in the country. The Communist Party of Ukraine enjoys the support of 13.2% of the population.
“President Turchynov is using this unconstitutional measure to silence the progressive forces in Ukraine. This President was installed by extreme right wing and NAZI forces which were backed by the European Union and the United States”.
“In the past we saw violent physical attacks on communist members of the Ukrainian parliament, on heads of regional party committees and other leftist activists. Their headquarters were destroyed, which is a scandal in itself”.
The Communist Party of Malta said that “the European Parliament should remain consistent with its previous statements, were it called upon the former legally elected Ukrainian Government to guarantee rights and freedoms to all political forces in the country. The Communist Party of Malta expects that the European Parliament exerts the same pressure on the present Ukrainian administration”. 
The Communist Party of Malta shows solidarity with the Communist Party of Ukraine in this difficult moments and appeals to all political forces in Malta to show their disapproval towards these illegal actions that are being taken by the present Ukrainian Government. All Opposition forces including the Communist Party of Ukraine will not contest the General Elections in sign of protest against the unconstitutionality of these elections.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"TTIP will give more power to Multinationals”

The Communist Party of Malta warns that the US-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will give more power to Multinational corporations.
The Party said that “sovereign states and democratically elected legislatures will be little more than empty phrases if the US-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is brought into force. This agreement will weaken national governments who will find themselves liable to legal procedures brought about by these companies under the excuse that state regulations obstruct the unfettered pursuit of maximum profits. Infact in 2012, around 2,843 multinational companies sued governments for passing measures they claimed that resulted in lost profits”. 
 “These partnerships are tools through which multinational companies will remove health and safety protection, end environmental safeguards, abolish legislation providing minimum conditions for labour, scrap food safety laws, abandon efforts to slow climate change, stop campaigns against fracking and forbid attempts to rescue the National Health Service from the predations of private companies”.
 “The concept of globalisation is to concentrates wealth into fewer private hands so the radius of their power expands. Power now extends across the globe. Karl Marx wrote “that the changes in the economic foundation lead sooner or later to the transformation of the whole immense superstructure”, (Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy)”.

 “The proposed partnership agreement is nothing more than a repetition of the economic model applied under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Canada and Mexico, signed in 1992. This type of agreement was rejected by different countries in Latin America due to its disastrous impact on the people, the public services and the natural environment”, concluded the Communist Party of Malta.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Communists condemn the massacres committed in Ukraine.

The Communist Party of Malta expresses solidarity with the families who suffered loses in the recent attacks committed by the unelected Pro-NAZI regime in Kiev. The European Union and the Obama Administration are backing this regime made up of extreme right wing forces that also includes in it NAZI elements.

The Party said that “in Mariupol, Eastern part of Ukraine over 100 people were shot dead by the pro-regime forces for celebrating the 9th of May “Victory Day over Fascism”. This massacre was committed by the newly formed Death Squad ‘Dnepr’ using 14 anti personnel cars and tanks”.

“In Odessa, the TradeUnion building was burned down by these thugs were 49 people lost there lives. The pro-regime supporters were shooting at persons who attempted to leave the building. The Communist Party Headquareters in Kiev was also attacked and completely destroyed”.

The Communist Party of Malta condemns the lack of solidarity that is being shown by the Maltese political class towards the people of Ukraine, especially Russian speaking Ukrainains, that are being under constant attack by the illegitimate Government.

The Communist Party of Malta also expresses solidarity with its fraternal Communist Party of Ukraine who are being persecuted and forced to go underground.   

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

“National Employment Policy needs a more progressive vision”

“The National Employment Policy announced by the Government is again a policy based on a neoliberal strategy. The fact that Malta is still lacking in a clear legislation against precarious employment, this policy will not help generate jobs with decent conditions of work. The Government should ensure that the jobs created are not precarious”. 

“Government’s proposal to top up the minimum wage is positive in principal but will not lead to social justice. The fact that it is not included as part and parcel of the national minimum wage income, in itself does not guarantee the continuation of this measure in the future. The Communist Party insists that any increase in the national minimum wage income should be guaranteed under the Maltese law”. 

“Welfare benefits should be strengthened and not the other way round. On the other hand, the Party agrees with a national policy to curb social benefits abuses. The methods applied to curb these abuses should not be rigid and should treat each case on its own merits”. 

“The proposal to state fund an extension in the maternity leave, with an increase by the employers towards the national security contributions is viewed by the Party as progressive”.

“With regards employability, Government should not apply the same procedures practiced by the previous administration, whereby unemployed persons were given work with the local councils for a 30hour week and paid less than the minimum wage. This policy helped only in the creation of working poor. The Government should set an example by avoiding employing persons with precarious conditions”.  

The Communist Party of Malta concludes by stating that “the national employment policy should include the formation of worker’s cooperative. The Party reiterates the need for legislation against precariousness”. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Civil Union: Communists welcome the vote in Parliament.

The Communist Party of Malta welcomes the introduction in Malta of Civil Union. The vote taken in parliament is of historic importance as this will eliminate once and for all, state discrimination against LGBT persons, discrimination that was only fuelling the seeds for homophobic acts in society.
"The Party also commends Government's decision to include in the legislation the right of adoption. This will safeguard the interests and dignity of that child when the biological parent in the family dies".
The Communist party considers the position taken by the opposition party as a very weak one and that does not help to end discrimination against LGBT persons.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Worker’s Day: “Appeal for legislation against precariousness”

“On 1st of May “International Worker’s Day”, the government should enshrine this day, by introducing serious legislation, against precarious employment. Without this legislation, workers in Malta, will still have to face precarious situations,” states The Communist Party of Malta.
“An increase in the national minimum wage should form part of government’s agenda. This will alleviate the standard of living of those workers in the lower strata of society, and also incentivise more workers to seek employment”.
The Communist Party of Malta supports the government’s policy with regards workers, who are employed with ARMS on a definite contract to have their employment reverted to one, on an indefinite contract basis. This will guarantee more secure job and a better standard of living for these workers. The Government should also apply this progressive and socially just procedure to other sectors of the public service.
“The Government should also protect workers who are employed by companies which render their services to the government, such as the cleaning, security, hospital and care sector. These workers also face precarious conditions. Temporary agency work should be legally abolished; instead better work with decent and secure job should be enforced by the new legislation.”
The Communist Party of Malta concludes this message by stating that the solution for a more competitive and productive economy should not be based on the deregulation of the labour market and precarious employment, but rather on, an economy that is more socially equitable, which should ensure decent conditions of employment.