Friday, 17 January 2014

Public Transport: “The Government should ensure accessibility and affordability”.

“Public Transport reform should ensure accessibility, affordability, decent conditions of work and an overall improvement in the service given”, states Żminijietna – Voice of the Left.
With regard to accessibility we insists that the fares remain affordable, routes changed to satisfy people’s needs, accessibility upgraded for better use by the disabled persons, and adequate bus shelters.
Accessibility of the public service cannot be achieved without state’s support. Presently the service is being run by a public entity. The Government should take this opportunity to keep this service under state control, and should also consider sustaining the subsidies given through a progressive fiscal policy, that helps address the rising costs.   
This reform should also ensure better pay and more adequate working conditions. The democratic right for industrial action should also be safeguarded. That means that the government should legislate for an amendment in the law to give all workers in public transport the right to strike.”
Żminijietna – Voice of the Left reiterates its support for a better service to benefit all those who make use of the service, that is classified as an essential service in everyday life. The Communist Party of Malta and Alternattiva Demokratika are also appealing government to safeguard all essentialities of this service. 

Press Release 14/1/14

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