‘Electoral Budget’: Zminijietna – Voice of the Left

Press Release: 16/10/07
Stqarrija Stampa: 16/10/07
(Verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz u bil-Malti)

 

 

Zminijietna
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‘Electoral Budget’: Zminijietna – Voice of the Left

Zminijietna – Voice of the Left dubbed the Budget as an electoral budget of contradictions, a budget of social measures within an increasingly neo-liberal framework. Zminijietna said that the Budget proposed by the Nationalist Government, though having various positive proposals, does not do enough to tackle the problems faced by many workers and families. Zminijietna added that the positive proposals come too late in the day.

Zminijietna said that proposals for increased investment in areas such as educational infrastructure, health, sports, training and culture are commendable. The same can be said as regards full compensation to pensioners, extension to maternity leave, universal entitlement for children’s allowance and increase in persons who shall be exempt from paying income tax.  Zminijietna also welcomes proposals regarding the environment and animal welfare, and commends the Government for not giving in to irresponsible one-sided proposals regarding further liberalisation of rent laws.

Zminijietna – Voice of the Left added that however the budget did not do enough to meet the daily needs of workers and their families. The compensation for the cost of living was definitely not enough, and the minimum wage was not increased. The adjustment to income tax bands will not compensate enough and would have been fairer to groups such as lower middle and middle income earners if they were given more relief, whilst financing this through increased taxation on the wealthy and on companies making windfall profits such as banks and gaming companies. The budget should also have done more to help bring about affordable housing and should also have reduced the energy surcharge whilst encouraging the sustainable use of energy in a progressive way.

The Budget does not tackle the exploitative situations faced by various categories of workers, including workers on definite contract, and it does not tackle the major educational problem whereby students are streamed.

Zminijietna added that the Budget should also have given importance to family-friendly measures such as availability of affordable childcare centres, extension to entitlements such as income-tax revisions to partners in cohabitation, and increased assistance to genuine single parents. Zminijietna said that the Budget should also have given more importance to areas such as public transport.

Finally, Zminijietna said that it disagrees with the Government’s ideology of privatisation, whereby public services and companies of strategic importance have been or are being sold, resulting in less workers’ rights, less accountability and the commercialisation of services which should be measured in a social way whilst being efficient. The negative impacts of privatisation will be seen in the years to come, Zminijietna said.

Michael Briguglio
Public Relations Officer
Zminijietna - Voice of the Left

Mob 9989 4634

'Bagit Elettorali': Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug

Zminijietna -  Lehen ix-Xellug qalet li l-bagit hu wiehed ta' kontradizzjonijiet, bagit b' mizuri socjali f'kuntest li qed isir iktar neo-liberali. Zminijietna qalet li l-bagit propost mill-Gvern Nazzjonalista, minkejja li jinkludi bosta proposti pozittivi, ma jaghmilx bizzejjed biex jaffronta l-problemi li qed jiffaccjaw hafna haddiema u familji. Zminijietna qalet ukoll li l-proposti pozittivi gew tard wisq.

Zminijietna qalet li l-hu pozittiv li ser ikun hemm iktar investiment f'oqsma bhall-infrastruttura edukattiva, is-sahha, l-isports, it-tahrig u l-kultura. L-istess jista' jinghad ghall-kumpens shih lill-penzjonanti, zieda fil-maternity leave, dritt universali ghac-childrens allowance u zieda ta' nies li mhux ser ihallsu taxxa fuq id-dhul. Zminijietna laqghet
il-proposti dwar l-ambjent u l-harsien ta'  l-annimali, u tilqa' l-fatt li l-Gvern ma cediex ghall-proposti irrisponsabbli u pregudikati favur iktar liberalizazzjoni fil-ligijiet tal-kera.

Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug qalet li madankollu l-bagit m'ghamilx bizzejjed biex jilqa' ghall-htigijiet ta' kuljum tal-haddiema u l-familji. Il-kumpensa ghall-gholi tal-hajja zgur li m'huwiex bizzejjed, u l-paga minima ma zdieditx. L-aggustament fir-rati ta' taxxa fuq id-dhul mhux ser jikkompensaw bizzejjed lil dawk bi dhul baxx-medju jew medju u kienu jkunu iktar gusti li kieku dawn il-gruppi inghataw iktar nifs, filwaqt li tizdied it-taxxa fuq is-sinjuri u fuq kumpaniji li qed jaghmlu dhul straordinarju bhall-banek u kumpaniji tal-loghob. Il-bagit seta' ghamel iktar biex ikun housing affordabbli u seta wkoll naqqas is-surcharge fuq l-energija filwaqt li jinkoragixxi uzu sostenibbli ta' l-energija b'mod progressiv.

Il-bagit ma jaffrontax is-sitwazzjonijiet ta' sfruttar li qed jiffaccjaw bosta kategoriji ta' haddiema, haddiema fuq kuntratt definittiv, u ma jiffaccjax il-problema edukattiva principali ta' l-istreaming.

Zminijietna qalet li l-bagit missu wkoll ta importanza lill-mizuri favur il-familja bhall-childcare centres affordabbli, estenzjoni ta' revizjoni fuq taxxa fuq id-dhul fuq dawk li jghixu f'koabitazzjoni, u zieda fl-assistenza ghall-single parents genwini. Zminijietna qal li l- bagit seta wkoll ta' iktar importanza lill-oqsma bhat-trasport publiku.

Zminijietna ikkonkludiet li ma taqbilx ma' l-ideologija tal-Gvern favur il-privatizazzjoni, fejn servizzi pubblici u kumpaniji ta' mportanza strategika gew jew qed jigu mibjugha, b'rizultat ta' inqas drittijiet ghall-haddiema, inqas kontabilita' u l-kummercjalizazzjoni ta' servizzi li ghandhom jitkejlu b'mod socjali filwaqt li jkunu efficjenti. L-impatt negattiv tal-privatizazzjoni ser jigi esperjenzjat fis-snin li gejjin, qalet Zminijietna.

Michael Briguglio
Ufficjal Relazzjonijiet Pubblici
Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug
9989 4634


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