LOCAL COUNCIL REFORM – ZMINIJIETNA’S FEEDBACK

Press Release: 23/09/08
Stqarrija Stampa: 23/09/08
(Verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz u bil-Malti)

 

 

Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
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LOCAL COUNCIL REFORM – ZMINIJIETNA’S FEEDBACK

Zminijietna – Voice of the Left
 said that the reform of Malta’s local councils should lead to the democratization of democracy, whereby Councils are closer to residents’ aspirations and Councils have more voice in national politics.
Zminijietna – Voice of the Left proposed the following measures for the local council reform, which should form part of Local Council legislation:

  1. Funding for Local Councils should be more realistic to councils’ needs, and councils should have more autonomy and accountability in expenditure and revenue programmes;
  2. Councils should be more democratic and engage in public consultation over major decisions;
  3. Council feedback should have more weight when consulted by State authorities;
  4. Councils should be more accessible to the public through projects in partnership with community organizations; NGOs; and residents.
  5. Voluntary work in various areas should be encouraged by Local Councils through the establishment of subcommittees;
  6. Councils should have more authority in the creation of bye-laws;
  7. Council legislature should be longer than the current 3-year term;
  8. Public sector workers whose employment is no longer required can be engaged by local councils to carry out administrative, technical and other productive jobs;
  9. Local Council tenders should include proper environmental and social conditions such as workers’ rights and green procurement;
  10. Local Councils should have more authority on usage of public land for various forms of activities, programmes and initiatives.
  11. All Councillors should be financially compensated. However, Local Council reform should not include a full-time wage for Mayors as this can result in disproportionate powers for Mayors over councillors and executive staff, thus resulting in a democratic deficit.
  12. Voting age limit for Council elections should be reduced to 16 year

David Pisani
Public Relations Officer
Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
Mob 79436914

RIFORMA TAL-KUNSILLI LOKALI – IL-POZIZZJONI TA’ ZMINIJIETNA

Zminijietna – Lehen ix-Xellug qalet li r-riforma tal-Kunsilli Lokali ghanda twassal ghad-demokratizazzjoni tad-demokrazija, fejn Kunsilli ikunu iktar vicin l-aspirazzjonijiet tan-nies u jkollhom iktar sahha fil-politika nazzjonali.

Zminijietna – Lehen ix-Xellugt ipproponiet dawn il-mizuri ghar-riforma sabiex ikunu parti mill-ligi tal-Kunsilli:

  1. Il-finanzjar tal-Kunsilli ghandu jkun iktar realistiku ghall-htigijiet tal-Kunsilli, u l-kunsilli ghandhom ikollhom iktar awtonomija u kontabilita’ fl-infieq u dhul taghhom.
  2. Il-Kunsilli ghandhom ikunu iktar demokratici u jaghmlu konsultazzjoni pubblika fuq decizzjonijiet importanti;
  3. Il-vuci tal-Kunsill ghandha jkollha iktar sahha meta Kunsill jigi konsultat mill-awtoritajiet ta’ l-istat.
  4. Il-Kunsilli ghandhom ikunu iktar accessibbli ghall-pubbliku permezz ta’ progetti ma’ organizazzjonijiet fil-komunita’; ghaqdiet mhux-governattivi, u residenti.
  5. Xoghol voluntarju f’oqsma varji ghandu jkun inkoraggit mill-Kunsilli permrezz ta’ sottokumitati;
  6. Il-Kunsilli ghandhom ikollhom iktar awtorita’ fil-holqien ta’ ligijiet lokali;
  7. Il-legizlatura tal-Kunsilli ghandha tkun iktar minn 3 snin;
  8. Haddiema tas-settur pubbliku li x-xoghol taghhom m’ghadux mehtieg jistghu jigu ingaggati mill-Kunsilli sabiex jaghmlu xoghol amminstrattiv, tekniku u xoghol iehor produttiv;
  9. It-tenders tal-Kunsilli ghandhom jinkludu kundizzjonijet ambjentali u socjali bhall-drittijiet tal-haddiema u xiri ta’ affarijiet huma ambjentalment sostenibbli;
  10. Il-Kunsilli ghandhom ikollhom iktar awtorita’ fl-uzu ta’ art pubblika ghall-forom varji ta’ attivitajiet, programmi u inizjattivi.
  11. Il-Kunsilliera ghandhom jigu kumpensati b’mod finanzjarju. Izda ir-riforma tal-Kunsilli Lokali m’ghandhiex tinkludi paga full-time ghas-sindki, ghax din tista’ twassal ghall-poter disproporzjonat ghas-Sindki fuq kunsilliera u haddiema tal-kunsill, u b’hekk twassal ghall-deficit demokratiku.
  12. L-eta’ tal-vot ghall-elezzjonijiet tal-Kunsill ghandha tinzel ghall 16-il sena.

David Pisani
Ufficjal Relazzjonijiet Pubblici
Zminijietna – Lehen ix-Xellug
Mob 79436914

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