“Budget 2014 should aim for social and environmental justice” - Żminijietna
Żminijietna – Voice of the Left said that, “Budget 2014 should aim for social and environmental justice, by among other measures should reduce inequalities existing in Maltese society.”
“Public services such as health and education, social and ecological policies need sustainable financial backing. Government should re-introduce the 35% maximum tax rate to be able to finance the welfare state. Malta’s tax rate is amongst the lowest in the European Union”.
“We demand an increase in the minimum wage, which will cover also part-time work and work on definite contracts. With regards definite work contract, government should introduce fiscal measures to make such work more expensive than regular employment”.
“Subsidies on basic services, such as gas should be re-introduced. We declare the need for more investment in renewable energy and to ensure the use of public buildings for the installation of photovoltaic panels to service neighboring homes that don’t have the space or facilities to put up these installations. This will have the benefit of increasing green jobs”.
“Regarding COLA, Żminijietna insists that this should be reformed to reflect the real cost of living, as must all social benefits”.
“Free child care centres must be provided, and government should introduce family-friendly measures to balance work with the parental responsibilities and leisure time. Private sector should be included in this scheme”.
“Clear mechanisms must be created to set the rates of pay. Maximum wage should be introduced in the public sector to strengthen equality and prevent astronomical wages in certain grades”.
“The state must not abandon its responsibility to ensure decent and affordable social housing for the most vulnerable sector of the population”.
Żminijietna reiterates that “the government should ensure a state pension which provides a decent and dignified standard of living for the old age population”.