Labour betrays the working class - AD
Alternattiva Demokratika (AD) lambasted Labour's position against an increase in the minimum wage, calling it a betrayal of the working class.
AD Chairperson Michael Briguglio said: "In one go, the Labour Party has betrayed the working class and allied itself with big business and the Nationalist Party by opposing an increase in the minimum wage and renouncing discourse on class. It is totally disappointing that Labour chose to do this in its congress, otherwise characterised by ceremonial show of hands voting rather than critical debate. This only strengthens AD to fulfil its historic role as Malta's progressive party. For us, social justice is a priority and not an empty phrase".
Michael Briguglio said that PL’s position to reduce utility tariffs for all and sundry, instead of increasing wages for low income earners, is nothing but fiscal populism and anti-social policy making. “This would effectively mean that the poor would be subsidising the rich and the wasteful,” he said.
Angele Deguara, AD Spokesperson for Social Policy and Civil Rights, said: "Apart from progressive NGOs, AD is the only party contesting election which is calling for a revision of the minimum wage.”
She said a recent study by Caritas has proved that AD is right in calling for a more just and realistic minimum wage, especially considering that thousands of people are living below the poverty line.
“Joseph Muscat's statement shows that Labour lacks social conscience despite its rhetoric. Rather than standing up for workers, Labour has shown where its interests really lie,” she added.