‘We need effective reforms’ – GWU President


Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Without necessary and effective reforms, the dismissal of individuals will not bring about change, General Workers’ Union President Victor Carachi said in his New Year’s message.

Malta plunged into a political crisis following some progress into the murder investigation of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, which saw Minister Konrad Mizzi resigning from his post and OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri resign. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced his resignation for January last month.

Carachi reflected on the difficult time which Malta is currently facing, and acknowledged that the assassination of Caruana Galizia has put into question our values. He called for justice without fear or favour. He added that there is the need to allow the institutions to do their job while having the Government and the Opposition working collaboratively to improve said institutions.

Referring to the protests, Carachi said that they made as “a mockery of us all as a people and a nation”. He added that while he understood that people were angry and free to protest, one should not “show hatred towards their adversaries”.

According to the GWU, what is truly needed are the reforms to the constitution and institutions. Moreover, Carachi called for the separation of powers, while strongly affirming that partisan politics has never done and will never do the country any good.

He concluded with his wish for a better Malta, where its people can agree to disagree and in any argument criticise the message and not the messenger. The aim, according to the President of the GWU, should always be that of working together towards a common goal, namely making Malta a better country to live in.

On behalf of the National Council and the Central Administration of the GWU, the President wished a Happy New Year to all the people of Malta.