Age of retirement should not go up - Joseph Muscat
PL Leader Joseph Muscat reiterated the fact that should the PL be trusted with the government, it will review the water and electricity bills, in a bid to help a middle class that due to their financial situation for the past years has been plagued by taxes yet is beyond the ceiling to benefit from certain schemes. This will be done in a way that the government will not be discriminating with any sector.
He also stressed the fact that no matter what pressure the EU puts on a new PL government, the party will not agree to increasing the age of retirement for the Maltese society.
In his speech at the end of the day's discussions at Ta' Qali, Joseph Muscat said that the PL Congress is putting forward a new way of preparing the ground for the party's electoral document, where the politicians listen to the views of the public in order to create a roadmap instead of a disjointed list of empty political promises.
The adoption of various guidelines as approved by the public present for the discussions will lead the PL to present a government that not only raises the standards of living in a monetary and financial way but also by upholding the values of quality time with the family, dignified relations and glorifying the roots of society which are the families.
Joseph Muscat said that the definition of PL has always been 'the worker's party', however he walks away from such a conservative definition and promotes that were the PL translates into 'the work promoting party'.
Diversity in the labour market should unite the labour sector. A new middle class should be enacted in the Maltese society, that replaces that which in the past years is dismantling itself due to various factors.
The PL leader held that the bottom line is that after a day's work, people want to go home knowing that they can guarantee their children's future.
In view of the rising statistics of unemployment in Malta, a PL government should promote policies that will lead youths away from falling prey to drug abuse and rackets. For the first time since World War II, society is facing an unprecedented situation where parents cannot put their minds at rest that their children will find better opportunities then themselves. Emphasizing that this situation is not
simply the fault of the current government, but also an international reality, Joseph Muscat said that the PL will do every possible effort to turn this situation around.
Addressing the issues that effect fisheries and agriculture, Joseph Muscat said that even in this case one cannot simply point fingers at the government because it is the European Union's framework that is creating particular situations concerning farmers and fisherman.
The PL leader said that party will embrace a policy of inclusion in the labour sector, and will provide the needed flexibility for women to re-enter the labour sector. A new PL government wants to be known as the most feminist government to ever lead the Maltese Islands, and will unashamedly destroy the glass ceiling that holds women away from key positions in the labour market. Another factor that will be on the Labour Party's agenda is the battle against bureauccracy in all its forms, which is main contributor to problems facing all sectors of the labour sector.
The aim of the PL congress is open to anyone who want to share and contribute to Malta's future, irrelevant to what one does with his voting document. Leader Joseph Muscat proposes that the party's guideline for the labour sector should be 'suitable dignified jobs that guarantee a better standard of living'.
The proposal was unanimously approved.