The democratic political forces rejected the deplorable crisis in the labor sector of the country and denounced the serious situation experienced by PDVSA employees and all Venezuelan workers.
From the Plaza de Los Palos Grandes in Caracas, representatives of different political parties exposed the agony that a worker goes through when he earns a minimum wage, when his labor rights are disrespected and in addition, they are persecuted for demanding improvements.
Andrés Velázquez, leader of La Causa R party, stated that “All labor rights are practically abolished. Trade union freedom in Venezuela does not exist in contravention of international agreements. What exists is the growth of para-union organizations set up by the regime.” Likewise, he pointed out that the only solution is not to kneel or paralyze before the employer, emphasizing change as the only way.
Velázquez recalled some the measures used for persecution by the dictatorship against leaders of the country’s labor sector: unions have been intervened, wages have been suspended for Guayana workers with the excuse of being supposed terrorists, among others. He also indicated that with the Covid-19 pandemic it became evident that the people are worthless for the regime.
For his part, Freddy Guevara, leader of Voluntad Popular party, assured that “It is important that we all assume, we the main affected by the crisis, a different vision on how to face this reality. Those who are with Maduro have to understand that this path will only bring more crisis to the country.” At the same time, he indicated that international sanctions against the regime will not stop if they continue to answer with repressive and anti-democratic actions.
Delsa Solórzano, president of Encuentro Ciudadano, assured that all those who work for the freedom of Venezuela have as a priority the hunger of the people and solving the labor crisis. She criticized that the regime prioritizes its interests before the health and well-being of Venezuelans.
All the spokesmen made it clear that in order to obtain improvements for the workers, a political change is required in the country, which starts from supporting all sectors in their struggle and organization to achieve conditions for free, fair and verifiable elections.