AD discusses Social Policy measures
In a press conference in Valletta, Alternattiva Demokratika, The Green Party said that social policy should be based on equality, inclusion and social justice. AD reiterated various proposals such as minimum wage increase, maternity and paternity leave increase and universal childcare services.
Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said that "In parliament, AD will be the voice of social justice, equality and social inclusion. A socially just and sustainable welfare state should be universal in scope, yet should consider citizens as individuals with particular realities and lifestyles.” The state at its various levels should guarantee all citizens the possibility to emancipate themselves, to establish their own lives in diversity and to participate in society. Civil society should be directly involved in Malta’s welfare system. Citizens must enjoy equal opportunities and equal rights and benefit from an active social policy and a robust social protection. “
Angele Deguara, AD spokesperson for Social Policy and Civil Rights, said that “On the basis of our basic principles of equality, inclusion and social justice, we are putting forward a number of concrete proposals. Men and women should be considered to be active participants in all spheres of social life, from employment to family life. In order to ensure equality in our families, a number of family-friendly measures need to be implemented.”
She added that “AD believes that the minimum wage in Malta should increase and should be extended to part time and contractual workers. Such an increase would help improve the quality of life of the workers and give them more spending power. Such an increase would also encourage more people to enter the formal labour market, making work pay, acting as an incentive for increased productivity. At the same time, the Government should step up its efforts to reduce “underground” unemployment.”