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CAMPAIGN FOR NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE
Was, is and shall remain in favour of Maltese workers
and against Malta's membership of the European Union
By the Campaign for National Independence CNI
Maltese entrepreneur closed his factory in Malta and dismissed his workers and
opened a factory in China because the wages in China are one sixth (1/6) of the
wages in Malta.
will continue to sell his products made in China, on the Maltese market and on
the markets of Europe just the same.
The Maltese entrepreneur is doing what many other European Union entrepreneurs are doing.
They close their factories in Europe and dismiss their workers, and open factories where the wages are very low, and the entrepreneurs continue to sell their products produced with low wages, on the European markets and on the Maltese market.
This is the modern capitalist market system that the European is sustaining to ensure that the European entrepreneurs make huge profits from the exploitation of workers paid miserly wages an made to work in the worst conditions, with women and children working long hours and without any rest.
Economists among us justify this system of free market and support the entrepreneurs that adopt it, and encourage the politicians to adopt it, and conduct propaganda for the people to bless it, with the pretext of lower prices of products imported from countries with low wages and inhuman working conditions.
For Maltese workers who were discharged because of this system, they only have words of comfort and to be resigned.
Up to a few years ago politicians with a social conscience used to consider as a first priority that the Maltese people will have places where to work, and were not carried away with the free market system by economists without a social conscience.
But in the economic policy of the European Union the market is superior to the human being, and that is why the Maltese economists were in favour of our country joining the European Union, not witstanding all the damages that the workers are suffering.
Carried away by the European Union, our politicians today consider the success of their work with the measure of the amount of profits, and not with the measure of the dignity that human beings have places where they can work.
Thus they win support from the economists who disregard the politicians’ social duty.
But politicians with a social conscience should not accept this European Union liberal capitalist policy that our economists support.
This policy is destroying the work in our country by preventing us from giving preference and protection to products made in our country by Maltese workers.
Last week another Maltese entrepreneur boasted that he won a contract to supply the new hospital with furniture for the 4,500 offices that there are in this hospital.
He boasted that he brought all the furniture from other countries, instead of the furniture being manufactured in Malta.
As if there are not enough craftsmen that could manufacture the office furniture according to imported foreign designs, if necessary.
Up to a few years ago our politicians used to insist that in Government contracts, the contractor would be bound that everything that could be manufactured in our country would not be imported.
This meant that Maltese workers would be employed and their wages would be spent in Malta, with benefits for the business and economy of our country.
According to the European Union regulations this cannot be done, and large government contracts must also be open to foreign contractors.
When the project funds are from a foreign country, it would be expected that the project contracts would be open to contractors of the country supplying the funds.
But in the case of the new hospital, the expenditure was
made from the Maltese people’s taxes, and it should have been assured that as
much as possible, the funds would be spent in our country not in foreign ones,
whatever the European Union says.
Both in the case of factory closures, as well as in the case of provisions in the execution of contracts, it is in the national interest not to follow the European Union policy and regulations, even if the economists do not agree with this.
The closure of factories and hotels and the supply of imported products instead of products made by Maltese workers are bad consequences of the liberal business policy and of the capital movement of the European Union and its regulations.
Two days ago the Committee of the Ministers of Finance of the European Union (ECOFIN), confirmed that as from 1 January 2008 Malta can adopt the common Union currency, the Euro, instead of the Malta Lira, and that the rate of exchange of the Malta Lira with the Euro to be the same as it is today, that is, two Euros and thirty-three cents for every Malta Lira, the Euro being valued 0.4239 of the Malta Lira.
The meeting of the Ministers of Finance was only a formality and a ceremony, because everything had been decided a long time ago.
The party held in Brussels after the meeting of the Ministers of Finance (in which the Maltese Prime Minister, the Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, the representative of Malta to the European Union, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Malta had participated), revealed that preparations for the party had been priorly made because it was known what was going to be said about what the Ministers had decided.
We have been saying for months that the European Union had decided a long time ago that our country must adopt the Union currency.
This was a political and not a financial and economic decision that the EU and the Maltese government took with the aim which they thought would strengthen more the membership of our country in the EU.
That’s why statistical figures were manipulated so that our country would appear to satisfy the conditions for the adoption of the Euro, and so that the EU would irresponsably certify that the financial and economic situation is “sustainable and credible”, when in fact it is in a pityful state.
We have said a long time ago that the Government was more than certain that the EU wanted the Euro to be introduced in our country at the beginning of next year, the Government would not have risked that a few months before the General Election next year it would suffer the political defeat that the Union tells it that it is still not ready to adopt the Euro.
We had made the same reasoning about the exchange rate of the Malta Lira with the Euro.
If it had not been already agreed between the Maltese Government and the European Union what the exchange rate was to be when the Euro was adopted, the Government would not have spent hundreds of thousands of Liri in publicity and propaganda of the rate of 2 Euros and 33 cents for every Malta Lira.
We could not understand how we could have a different exchange rate when the people and the children at schools were being instructed that the Euro was worth 0.4393 of a Malta Lira.
We therefore have good reason to consider that what happened two days ago in Brussels was only play acting by the Ministers of Finance of the Union countries, with one of the prime comedians the Prime Minister of Malta.
With the Euro as our country’s currency we can leave the EU just the same.
The Euro is not going to make it more, or less, worthwhile for us.
Indeed, it will be less difficult to acquire back independence and freedom.
* JOSEPH MUSCAT – “The fact that we are EU members gives us less tools with which we can activate that type of investment” (textile factories).
“The EU won’t let you help a factory to survive, and
then helps you when it dies.”
We congratulate him.
All politicians should talk like that.
* SIMON BUSUTTIL – “Admit that there are positive things that everyone is benefitting from.”
Apart from not stating what these things that everyone is benefitting from are, he didn’t mention one thing that everyone is hard hit by.
Whenever Simon wants, we can give him a whole litany of them.
* DAVID CASA – “The European Union is democratic.”
didn’t give one single example, while we can give him a whole chain of
examples that the EU is not democratic.
It is enough to mention one – that no one votes for the Ewropean Comissioners - but they are only nominated by governments and not by the people of the member states.
– Today he is an auditor in the Court of Auditors of the EU.
give an example of the auditors work, he mentioned the case where “one would
have 20 cows and claims that he has 30 cows”.
We can mention not one example, but a fact.
According to the London Times, the Court of Auditors that Josef Bonnici forms part of, found out that half the cows that the Slovenian herdsmen declared that they had do not exist.
Also in Spain, Greece and Italy, the payment of over two billion Euros to olive oil producers was inflated, or was wrong.
Why did Josef Bonnici not quote these two facts that he knows about, and instead he chose a small example of ten excessive cows?
PEPPI AZZOPARDI – He is mentioning all the time the 850 million Euro
allocated to Malta for the years 2007 – 2013, but he never asks what
membership is costing us in money that we are paying, in money that we are
losing, and in money that it is costing in Government current expenditure.
We were amazed and many television viewers were likewise amazed how Peppi Azzopardi only interviewed people who had received something from the EU, but he didn’t interview anyone who was hard hit by EU membership.
Let us mention a few examples of these people.
Let us mention a few examples of these people.
Youths who were hard hit by the increase in property prices.
* Farmers who are suffering due to the unlimited importation
of agricultural products, while the safeguard clause that they were promised was
* Herdsmen who rear chickens and pigs.
* Housewives who, with the vast price increase of essential food products, like sugar, rice, flour, meat, etc, could not meet the expenses with their husband’s wages.
* Hunters and trappers who were deceived by the Government and the EU about Spring hunting and trapping.
There are many other examples of Maltese people who were hard hit by membership in the EU.
But we think that these are enough for today.
An opinion poll - Peppi Azzopardi showed the results of an opinion poll that was held these last few days.
The question was: With EU membership, how are you living?
The result was:
* Better 41.3%.
* the same 33.3%
* worse 25.3%.
So it is only 41.3% who said that they are living better
than before we joined the EU.
The rest, that is 58.6% said that they are not living
better then before we joined the EU.
Do you remember how they used to tell us that if we joined the EU, the Maltese people shall start living better?
The majority today do not think so, according to the same
Peppi Azzopardi opinion poll.
And we have a great curiosity to know how those 41.3% are having a better life when they said so (naturally apart from those who personally benefited) and did not care about those who are suffering the consequences of EU membership, like the workers who were discharged.
Thursday, 26 July 2007
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