During the period of partial lockdown, it may have appeared as though the economy was being sacrificed in the name of public health. However, the global attempt to halt the spread of the pandemic ultimately never departed from the basic logic of capitalist politics: politics in the interest of business.
Crisis must not be an excuse for discrimination and injustice. On the contrary, solidarity is our weapon during these difficult times.
If Maltese institutions claim that anything below the average wage is a poverty wage, isn’t it time for other authorities to take action? If below-average wages effectively discriminate against those with dependent family members, why is it legal for employers to pay such wages?
In Malta, 2019 brought political crisis, but also stirred democratic mobilization. These essays, best-loved by our readers and editors, grasp the essence of the year.
To steer clear from empowering xenophobic arguments, green campaigners should not limit their criticism to developers’ faulty morals and lack of enforcement in the industry, since the perpetrators are prepared to shift the blame elsewhere. We must attack the source of their power: profits.
Is the worker free to choose whether to work on a holiday or not? Is it truly a free choice? And if a worker feels the need to work on a holiday to earn double instead of taking a day off, what does this suggest about the cost of living?
A hundred years later, Sette Giugno events hit close to home. The blatant speculation and unfettered market practices that led to the spike in food prices in 1919 resemble untamed profiteering in Malta’s housing and labour markets in 2019.