The destruction of the working class, miserable wages and the systematic violation of laws and trade union freedoms, are part of the comments that stood out in the debate on the situation of workers in Venezuela.
The Delegate Committee of the National Parliament met this Tuesday, April 27th, through the Zoom platform. It was discussed the deplorable situation of workers in the country, within the framework of the commemoration of May 1st, International Workers’ Day.
In this regard, the deputy Héctor Vargas took the floor and stated that with the current regime there is not the slightest possibility that workers in both the public and private sectors can improve their quality of life.
He affirmed that this May 1st the workers have nothing to celebrate because they have a miserable salary which does not allow them to live. According to Vargas, a worker in Venezuela needs 360 minimum wages to be able to bring sustenance to his home, he reported.
“This regime put an end to wages, collective contracts, unions and also private insurance, thereby affecting the quality of life of workers. This regime is the enemy of the workers.”
Maduro calls himself the worker president but he acts to sow misery and destruction
For his part, the parliamentarian Ángel Torres asserted that the Venezuelan worker lives the consequences of a regime that destroys the private economy, drowns the public employee and extorts with politicking ‘the poor contribution of two dollars’ through the ‘satanic national card’, and persecutes almost seventy thousand healthcare workers for receiving support worth 300 dollars thanks to the will of President in Charge Juan Guaidó and all the deputies of this National Assembly.
He pointed out that Maduro is a president who calls himself a worker, “but the only thing he does is to hit the pockets of Venezuelans, a worker to sow misery and destruction. The salary is not enough is the buzzword, a trend that will not change while Maduro is in Miraflores.”
He assured that in Venezuela the regime ended the minimum working conditions and closed the possibilities of entrepreneurship “unless it is investment in delicatessen stores or Ferrari cars to continue laundering money,” he warned.
Then intervened Deputy Rafael Ramírez, who affirmed that the Venezuelan workers with an alleged regime of a ‘workers’ president’, the only thing they have achieved is to live in absolute misery, earning less than a dollar a month with which they cannot they can meet their basic needs.
He pointed to the regime as the culprit for the destruction of Venezuela, a product of policies that, in addition to destrying the working class, destroyed Venezuelan society.
He called to continue fighting to achieve change in Venezuela and to rescue the dignity of the worker.
“Our fight is to change Venezuela and once this happens our workers have to receive a salary according to an economy that allows them to cover their basic needs. We continue to accompany our working class and demand that all workers and all Venezuelans receive the vaccine so that they can work without the risk of thinking that they can be infected, but in addition to this, we continue dreaming of that Venezuela of progress.”
Destruction of wages is intended to be replaced by a system of dependency and misery
To end the debate, the parliamentarian José Prat asserted that wages is a tool for social progress that has to end and its destruction is meant to be replaced by a system of dependency and misery.
Furthermore, he said that in the last 20 years the regime has been destroying wages, trade union freedoms and the systematic violation of laws, resulting in the loss of development in the nation, because it encourages the flight of qualified human talent.
In Prat’s opinion, the organization of the citizens, of civil society around the reconquest of democracy, will be what allows once again to have a decent salary, social and family progress, as well as all the freedoms curtailed and lost in these past years.