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Press Release - 03/10/10 - European People's Party’s motion threatens Trade Unions and Social Movements

Żminijietna – Voice of the Left is preoccupied with the proposed motion, which will be tabled by the European People's Party, the coming Tuesday 5th of October, to the European Assembly for the Council of Ministers. This motion threatens Trade Unions, such as those active in Greece, Spain and Portugal and the radical and social movement active across Europe such as the ‘Anti-global’ movements.

“While we support the European stand against racism, Anti-Semitism and Anti-Islam, we do not agree with the proposed motion that classifies worker’s struggle and the activism by the popular and radical movements as extremism”.

Żminijietna – Voice of the Left appeals to the Minister concerned that will be representing Malta in the European Council of Minister to vote against this motion that undermines the right of action by Trade Unions and the right for a spontaneous manifestation and protest by radical and social movements. This is another move by the right wing parties to put a halt to left wing activisms.

David Pisani
Public Relations Officer
Żminijietna - Voice of the Left
Mob:79536914

Press Release - 15/10/10 - Appeal to Malta Employers Association

Żminijietna – Voice of the Left views the recent statement by the Malta Employers Association towards Trade Unions with regards ‘objectivity’ between
atypical work and precarious employment as one that tries to cover up the actual realities that workers are facing in the labour market.

“Under the concept of flexibility, many workers are experiencing low standard of living, precarious employment and difficulties to obtain a bank loan. A typical example is the recruitment of new workers at Malta Post, who are mainly school leavers engaged on a part-time basis, where if given the chance, they will surely opt for full-time employment, since their wage income is relatively low. In fact in social terms they are classified as the working poor”.

“Labour Studies show that the economic recession, unemployment and hikes in prices are putting pressure on the worker to accept any type of work. Flexibility in the labour market is being used to dismantle the present good and secure working conditions, reduce wages and make labour and industrial relations ‘ever more fragile’.

The Neo Liberal economic model is shifting the labour market to ‘precarious contracts’ and part-time employment. Definite contract employment is on the increase across Europe with statistics showing that it has reached 20% of all EU labour force. The period of time for a definite contract is being shortened to a 3 month basis or less, thus creating uncertainty amongst workers. Presently many jobs created in the European Union are on a part-time basis. A correlation exists between low paid jobs and people at risk of poverty.

“It would have been more helpful and just had the Malta Employers Association presented a social agenda to tackle the problem of low wages, inferior and insecure working conditions, rather than resorting to an attack against Trade Unions, on the basis of different terminology for precarious working conditions". 

Our Leftist vision is one of a Social Europe not a neo liberal one. It is clear to everybody that the new contract jobs across the EU are not creating new employment, but instead they are introducing low wages and inferior working conditions.

Żminijietna believes that now is the right time for MEA to actively participate in conjunction with the Government and Trade Unions to introduce new work legislation that stipulates 'decent work' in the Government’s contracts. It would be useful to know which studies MEA refers to when passing such comments against Trade Unions.

David Pisani
Public Relations Officer
Żminijietna – Voice of the Left
Mob:79536914

 

Arkivju tas-Stqarrijiet Press Release Archive

Year 2010

--15/10/10 - Appeal to Malta Employers Association
--06/10/10 - Poverty leads to Mental Health Problems

--03/10/10 - European People's Party’s motion threatens Trade Unions and Social Movements
--27/09/10 - Appeal to all Maltese Trade Unions to support the ETUC Actions
--08/09/10 -European Postal Service shifting to precarious employmen
--04/09/10 - European People's Party’s motion threatens Trade Unions and Social Movements
--30/08/10 -
Budget 2011:  Żminijietna appeals for an increase in the Minimum Wage

--22/08/10 - Żminijietna’s position on Private Security Job
--05/08/10 - Zminijietna compares low rate of women in the labour market with lack of family-friendly measures

--05/08/10 - Żminijietna supports farmers against proposed development of a new road in the limits of Burmarrad
--29/07/10 - Żminijietna - Voice of the left appreciate the sensitivity and maturity shown by ST Microelectronics' workers

--21/07/10 - Żminijietna criticises MRA’s report on the use of water
--15/07/10 - Żminijietna appeals for protection of workers form direct sun exposure

--08/07/10 - Call for Artists; Art Exhibition regards Poverty

--08/07/10 - Żminijietna appeals Government  to leave the Compulsory Educational System free

--01/07/10 - Żminijietna appeals for public incentives in the use of household gas

--26/06/10 - Zminijietna supports the right of prisoners to vote

--17/06/10 - FORUM should form part of MCESD
--11/06/10 -
Żminijietna appeals Government to address the problem of poverty in Malta
--04/06/10- EU should take a clear position and halt EU – Israel Partnership Agreement
--25/05/10 -Hondoq ir-Rummien: Proposed Development goes against Public and Environmental Interest
--09/05/10 - Zminijietna shows solidarity with MP Justine Caruana

--03/05/10 - Zminijietna expressed satisfaction for the nomination of a woman in the judiciary 

--26/04/10 - Zminijietna will participate on Worker’s Day Celebration
--20/04/10 - Public debate on 'the Future of Public Health Service in Malta
--15/04/10 - Zminijietna calls the fees for use of public toilets a "shame"
--09/04/10 - ‘Enemalta recommendations are a threat to workers' rights’, Zminijietna
--06/04/10 - Zminijietna praises Government’s initiative to revise tariffs upwards
--29/03/10 - Zminijietna pays tribute to Malta Shipyards workers’

--23/03/10 - Zminijietna appeals KSU to accept democratic changes

--16/03/10 - “Polluters pay principle should be applied”, Zminijietna

--10/03/10 - Malta must be a “GMO free zone”

--06/03/10 - Zminijietna marks Women's Day

--26/02/10 - Żminijietna will take part in the mass demonstration
--10/02/10 - Zminijietna calls on MEPA to revise local plans
--02/02/10 - Public transport: The money compensated could have been better invested
--29/01/10 - Decision to safeguard Governments’ interest
--27/01/10 - Government should lead by example in the fight against tax evasion
--20/01/10 - Zminijietna supports Editor of Students’ Organisation Newspaper ‘Realta’
--07/01/10 - "Decision that will lead to further development" Zminijietna



Year 2009

--27/12/09 - The Services Directive will enforce 'Social Dumping'
--17/12/09 - Government continues to penalize basic energy consumption
--15/12/09 - We need Political Change to Stop Climate Change
--10/12/09 - Against the privatization of public health
--05/12/09 - Balluta Car Park proposal: Public transport the way forward

--03/12/09 - Support Organisations at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen
--25/11/09 - Services Directive lacks in workers’ rights
--17/11/09 - Workers at GO should not be seen as numbers
--09/11/09 - Budget lacks in social aspect - Zminijietna
--03/11/09 -
‘Alternative site for Ta’ Qali development proposal PA/02240/09 should be found’ Zminijietna

--27/10/09 - Budget should strengthen the welfare state – Zminijietna
--13/10/09 - Distribution of medicines should not be privatized - Zminijietna
--29/09/09 - Public Debate on Cost of Living
--24/09/09 - 'Government should apologise for dispregative discourse on single parents' Zminijietna
--15/09/09 - Zminijietna espremiet l-opposizzjoni ghall-estenzjoni ta’ presidenza ta’ Barroso
--12/09/09 - 'Income tax amnesty: Government rewarding bad practices' - Zminijietna
--03/09/09 -
Zminijietna's reaction to Renzo Piano's Valletta proposal
--18/08/09 - Ghirghien Development should include social housing - Zminijietna
--15/08/09 - Harga gdida ta' Zminijietna
--11/08/09 - Precarious Work on the Increase – Zminijietna Voice of the Left

--04/08/09 - Gas: PN Government being anti-social
--03/08/09 - MEPA Reform – Zminijietna’s comments
--20/07/09 - COLA should be given in full to workers – Zminijietna
--17/07/09 - Zminijietna supports LGBT Pride March
--13/07/09 - Zminijietna opposes Mellieha Local Council’s Bye Laws
--07/07/09 - Honduras and Iran: Zminijietna expresses its preoccupation

--07/07/09 - Malta should implement Waste framework directive - Zminijietna
--29/06/09 - Ghirghien Development should include social housing - Zminijietna

--23/06/09 -
'Caravan Site should replace Illegal Boathouses' Zminijietna

--12/06/09 - Zminijietna welcomes introduction of Wind Farms
--28/05/09 - Government should be clear on maternity leave
--20/05/09 - Primary Health Care is a priority
--17/05/09 - Zminijietna supports candidates for a Social and Ecological Europe 
--29/04/09 - Workers' Day against Precarious Jobs
--27/04/09 - Zminijietna Appeals for universal Cancer Screening
--21/04/09 - EUROPEAN CANDIDATES IN PUBLIC DISCUSSION
--14/04/09 - Mosta Valley: ‘Where's the Mepa Reform?’
--11/04/09 - ‘Secret ballot vote protects workers’ confidentiality’ - Zminijietna
--07/04/09 - 'Gas price should be subsidized' Zminijietna
--02/04/09 - Latest issue of Zminijietna:  new and revamped format
--23/03/09 - ‘State assistance should be given to workers on reduced hours’ Zminijietna
--15/03/09 - ZZX - 'Stipends system essential for inclusive education'
--06/03/09 - Kondoljanzi mal-familja ta' Gorg Agius
--03/03/09 - Zminijietna supports Unions' call for a revision in water and electricity bills
--27/02/09 - Positive Future for Methode’s workers
--22/02/09 - Zminijietna - Voice of the Left welcomed the result in Venezuela
--17/02/09 - 'Incinerator: A monument to failed waste management policies'
--12/02/09 - Public Debate on Peace in the Middle East
--21/01/09 - Civil society excluded from climate change strategy
--11/01/09 - Appeals regarding the rent reform
--08/01/09 - University talks welcome - Zminijietna
--05/01/09 - Government's attitude affects students” Zminijietna


Year 2008
--29/12/08 - Zminijietna condemns Gaza attacks
--04/12/08 - Appeal to form Ghadira Coalition
--24/11/08 - Worker-director at BOV should be retained
--17/11/08 - New Executive Committee for Zminijietna Voice of the Left
--15/11/08 -"UNIONS SHOULD FORM TRADE UNIONS COUNCIL" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--11/11/08 - Temporary Workers should have same Rights as other workers
--06/11/08 - Budget not enough for social aspect - Zminijietna
--28/10/08 - Gas energy has a social value - Zminijietna
--21/10/08 - GOVERNMENT SHOULD LISTEN TO MCESD
--14/10/08 - PUBLIC DEBATE ON CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORKING
--13/10/08 - Solidarity with Dr. Karl Chircop's family
--07/10/08 - BUDGET PROPOSALS  – ZMINIJIETNA VOICE OF THE LEFT
--30/09/08 - EU MARITIME PACKAGE SHOULD GUARANTEE SAFETY AT SEA
--23/09/08 - LOCAL COUNCIL REFORM – ZMINIJIETNA’S FEEDBACK
--16/09/08 - SOCIAL PACKAGE SHOULD PROMOTE A SOCIAL EUROPE - ZMINIJIETNA
--06/09/08 - Archbishop Interviewed by Zminijietna
--02/09/08 - Mater Dei Carpark should be operated by Public Service - Zminijietna 
--22/08/08 - CIVIL SOCIETY SHOULD BE REPRESENTED ON CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITTEE - Zminijietna
--19/08/08 - MEPA Reform – Zminijienta’s proposals
--12/08/08 - Zminijietna to participate in GWU demonstration on Shipyards
--29/07/08 - "Shipyard workers should not become unemployed" Zminijietna
--15/07/08 - PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS AN ESSENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICE - Zminijietna
--08/07/08 - 95% Surcharge to increase inequality - Zminijietna
--01/07/08 - Zminijietna welcomes Government’s Rent Reform Proposals
--28/06/08 - National Taskforce required for Malta Shipyards
--24/06/08 - Fort Cambridge requires SIA - Zminijietna
--16/06/08 - Arnold Cassola congratulated by Zminijietna
--13/06/08 - IRISH REFERENDUM RESULT WELCOME
--10/06/08 - Cost of living getting too high - Zminijietna
--07/06/08 - JOSEPH MUSCAT CONGRATULATED BY ZMINIJIETNA – VOICE OF THE LEFT
--03/06/08 - MLP LEADERSHIP : ZMINIJIETNA’S POSITION
--27/05/08 - Shipyards and ST Microelectronics: Future should be safeguarded
--20/05/08 - Surcharge to increase inequality - Zminijietna
--18/05/08 - Latest Issue of Zminijietna issued – Zminjietna to hold Public debate on the future of the Left
--13/05/08 - Minister Dalli urged to stand up for part-time workers
--08/05/08 - Fight against Cancer should be prioritised - Zminijietna
--01/05/08 - "1ST MAY: JOINT LEFTIST MOVEMENT REQUIRED IN MALTA" - Zminijietna
--22/04/08 - "WASTE SCHEME REQUIRES BETTER MANAGEMENT" Zminijietna
--16/04/08 - "ANOTHER CASE OF SOCIAL DUMPING IN THE EU" - Zminijietna
--09/04/08 - EU BIOFUEL POLICY SHOULD BE OPPOSED - Zminijietna
--04/04/08 - CAR TAX REFORM SHOULD ADDRESS SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS - Zminijietna
--01/04/08 - TIBET: ZMINIJIETNA'S POSITION
--29/03/08 - FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATED IN THE SHADOW OF NATO
--25/03/08 - Partnership for Peace: Zminijietna opposes Malta’s re-activation
--15/03/08 - "Pullicino Orlando should resign" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--12/03/08 - GENERAL ELECTIONS: Zminijietna's reaction
--05/03/08 - Zminijietna objects to Mistra Development
--04/03/08 - ‘Welfare State should be strengthened’ – Zminijietna – Voice of the Left
--03/03/08 - Malta involved in USS Cole Mission
--29/02/08 - " The environment is a political issue " Zminijietna – Voice of the Left
--27/02/08 - Education should be based on social justice - Zminijietna Voice of the Left
--25/02/08 - "Three historic events for the global Left" Zminijietna
--22/02/08 - General Election 2008: Memorandum to Political Parties

--20/02/08 - ZMINIJIETNA SALUTES FIDEL CASTRO
--19/02/08 - “HOUSING SHOULD BE A PRIORITY OF A NEW GOVERNMENT” - ZMINIJIETNA
--12/02/08 - Work remains a key issue - Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--05/02/08 - MAIN ELECTORAL ISSUE IS STANDARD OF LIVING - ZMINIJIETNA - VOICE OF THE LEFT
--02/02/08 - CLIMATE CHANGE REQUIRES REALISM, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND URGENCY - ZMINIJIETNA - VOICE OF THE LEFT
--30/01/08 - ZMINIJIETNA CONGRATULATES GERMAN LEFT PARTY
--27/01/08 - "Solidarity with MUT" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--25/01/08 - Zminijietna joins People of Gaza International Day of Action
--19/01/08 - "GOVERNMENT'S SHAMEFUL RUSHING OF EU TREATY RATIFICATION" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--12/01/08 - "Farewell to Public Postal Services" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--06/01/08 - "Lack of health and safety measures is white collar crime" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--03/01/08 - "Mountains of Plastic Bottles Await" Zminijietna


Year 2007
--30/12/07 - Latest Issue of Zminijietna issued: October – December 2007
--28/12/07 - Bhutto's Assasination confirms dangers in Pakistan – Zminijietna – Voice of the Left
--26/12/07 - SOLIDARITY WITH ALFRED SANT
--21/12/07 - NATIONAL DEBATE ON EU TREATY NEEDED - ZMINIJIETNA
--12/12/07 - Sovereignty of the Bolivian  President under attack – call for support
--08/12/07 - "UNIONS SHOULD FORM TRADE UNIONS COUNCIL" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--04/12/07 - VENEZUELA: AN EXAMPLE OF TRUE DEMOCRACY
--29/11/07 - REFERENDUM FOR EU TREATY SHOULD BE HELD - ZMINIJIETNA
--20/11/07 - GWU SHOULD NEGOTIATE ON BEHALF OF NURSING AIDES - ZMINIJIETNA
--13/11/07 - Cohabitation should be regularised by law
--12/11/07 - Zminijietna launches website
--09/11/07- Zminijietna objects to proposed development at Ta’ Cenc

--09/11/07 - Zminijietna submits proposals for Fort Cambridge EIA

--02/11/07 - Zminijietna objects to proposed development at Tal-Papa
--31/10/07 - HOUSING CENSUS CONFIRMS SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DILEMMAS
--29/10/07 - Public debate on Economic Growth in Malta
--17/10/07 - Latest Issue of Zminijietna issued –
Zminjietna to hold Public debate on Economic Growth in Malta
--16/10/07 - ‘Electoral Budget’ : Zminijietna – Voice of the Left
--09/10/07 - Leftist Proposals for the Budget

--30/09/07 - Malta's Government should vote against liberalisation of postal services
--25/09/07 - EC PROPOSALS ON ENERGY LIBERALISATION: ZMINIJIETNA'S POSITION
--17/09/07 - EU Commission's VAT proposal is anti-social" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--12/09/07 - "New work benefits are being denied to part-time workers" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left

--06/09/07 - "Postal services are public services" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
--29/08/07 - Zminijietna welcomes Labour proposals on Housing and MCESD
--27/08/07 - Zminijietna objects to proposed development at Ta' Cenc
--23/08/07 - Latest Issue of Zminijietna issue
--09/08/07 - New Committee for Zminijietna – Voice of the Left

--02/08/07 - Zminijietna for a budget based on social justice

--18/06/07- Zminijietna Holds General Meeting



 

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