The President of the Republic of Venezuela and of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, held a meeting with the country’s trade union leaders, where they raised the issue of the precariousness of salaries, the impairment of workers’ wages, safety, working and living conditions, and the systematic violation of the human, labor and constitutional rights of Venezuelans.
In response to the demands of the union spokespersons, President Juan Guaidó reiteratedthe need for the formation of a National Emergency Government, supported in its majority by the Venezuelan unions, democratic political forces and citizens to rescue democracy and continue on the path of national reconstruction and the restitution of all labor and institutional rights of the workers of Venezuela.
The President stated that the dictatorship does not care about the worker and affirmed that today there is little wage compensation that remind us of the times of slavery.
He called this May 1st, which is celebrated as Workers’ Day, ‘atypical’ because Venezuelans are locked up due to the quarantine caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that the dictatorship uses this situation for social control, persecution and repression.
Regarding the health sector support bonus, he explained that the interim government has been working for more than a year in support of workers and announced that in the “National Emergency Government, this benefit will be extended to the entire Venezuelan working mass, and will extend an estimated time of 10 to 20 weeks, while the national humanitarian emergency lasts and the country is stabilized.”
He said that misery was what brought to us by these 20 years of dictatorial totalitarian regime, to the country with the largest reserves of oil in the world, with 8 million hectares of arable land, “today unfortunately there is no gasoline, no national production and the salary of its workers is the lowest in Latin America. We are facing an evident risk of famine.”
The spokespersons for the Venezuelan unions agreed that the debacle of the corrupt and starving regime has demolished the development and progress of the national industry, a divisive work policy that caused the erosion and dispossession of the labor conquests and that destroyed the quality of life.
They urgently propose a change and political model, which consists of the exit of Nicolas Maduro and his officials from power, installation of the government in a national emergency, and approval of economic aid for all workers in the country, including pensioners, retirees, and the disabled, until an adjusted living wage is restored, as established in Article 91 of the Constitution.
They took advantage of the opportunity that they live in the country and reiterated the call to protest the serious situation facing the entire working class and called on Venezuelan citizens to join a pot bang at 8:00 pm today.
Interventions by union spokespersons
Servando Carbone, of Unete, criticized the regime’s denial of the poor labor situation before related international organizations and its ignorance and failure to apply the suggestions and recommendations issued by the International Labor Organization Commission, “in reference to the fundamental committees: Committee 26, Minimum Wage Fixing; Committee 87, Freedom of Association and Committee 144, Bipartisan Consultation.
Then continued Henry Arias, spokesman for the Frente de Trabajadores de Voluntad Popular (VP) denounced that approximately 600 workers of CVG-ALCASA have been taken off the payroll.
Additionally, he recalled and condemned the arbitrary detentions by the regime of the union leaders of CVG Ferrominera del Orinoco: Ruben Gonzalez and Tania Rodriguez. Who have been persecuted for denouncing a series of irregular dealings in the ferrominera and the stripping of the labor rights of the workers.
For her part, Griselda Sanchez, representative of the Trade Union Coalition, proposed the creation of a fund for self-employed workers in agro-industry. That would bring together approximately 7 million Venezuelan workers when the transitional government is in place in order to provide assistance and economic support to guarantee their constitutional and labor rights.
Similarly, she proposed the installation of an inclusive tripartite table for the discussion of contributions and demands that will allow the recovery and improvement of the labor situation of Venezuelans, as well as the unification of the salary payment calculated between 500 and 600 dollars and the restoration of the collective agreements.
The trade unions that participated in the virtual meeting were: UNETE; Inter sectorial de Guayana; CTV; Frente de Trabajadores de Voluntad Popular; Primero Justicia; Causa R; Dirigente Hugo Valera de Encuentro Ciudadano; Coalición sindical; ASI; Frente Valmore Rodríguez and Frente Sindical de Acción Democrática(AD) .