Dad, political sociologist, local councillor, drummer from Malta

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Workers' Day approaching

As workers' day is approaching, I believe these should be the main demands in Malta for this year.

First: a battle against precarious employment and for decent jobs. All public service contracts, both governmental and local, should have clear clauses against precarious employment, and employers with negative track records, also including discrimination against minorities, should be blacklisted.

Second: State prioritization of sustainable investment that creates green jobs.

Third: We should defend public services and resist neo-liberal attempts to marketize social rights.

Fourth: An increase in the minimum wage and universal family-friendly employment measures.

Fifth: On a conceptual and policy level, clear acknowledgment that social class remains a key factor in terms of opportunities, outcomes, etc.. When one assumes that we are all middle-class, one is ignoring the fact that class inequality is a social reality.

2 comments:

Dominic Sciberras said...

But stating that we're all middle class isn't it as if there is no class at all at the end of the day or better still, stratumless? I agree that the minimum wage is to be increased but one has to pay attention to other factors which in the long run may back fire such as the cost of living and the impact that it would have on industries and companies which cannot afford such increase. Such its a ripple effect that it must be counteracted apriori.

Regards,

Dominic

Dominic Sciberras said...

But stating that we're all middle class isn't it as if there is no class at all at the end of the day or better still, stratumless? I agree that the minimum wage is to be increased but one has to pay attention to other factors which in the long run may back fire such as the cost of living and the impact that it would have on industries and companies which cannot afford such increase. Such its a ripple effect that it must be counteracted apriori.

Regards,

Dominic