The perception of “here the people lead” is what’s crucial.
With Mayela’s firing, that was initially taken away, but then
reasserted. It's the mere fact that people expect to be in control that makes a real difference.
assassination of three labour leaders belonging to the largely pro-PSUV UNT has been analyzed
as the spreading of rural political violence to urbanised forms
targeting labour leaders and social workers.
What has not been discussed is the emotional response of leftists against such
Interview with José Quintero, member of the INVEVAL Factory
Committee, by El Militante, newspaper
of the Revolutionary Marxist Current (CMR). Inveval is a Venezuelan valve factory that workers took over a few years ago.
By Jorge Martín - In Defense of Marxism, Dec 6th 2008
November 21, as part of a protracted conflict, 360 workers of Vivex
occupied their factory in the industrial district Los Montones in
Barcelona (Anzoategui). The plant makes windscreens for the car
and the workers are demanding of President Chavez that he should
It’s time to calm down and sit down together in order to
evaluate in depth with the comrades, and draw conclusions that truly reflect
reality. It is necessary to open a profound debate within the United Socialist
Party of Venezuela (PSUV), to reflect and proceed with self-criticism, as
President Chávez indicated on Sunday night.
By Federico Fuentes - Green Left Weekly, Nov 3rd 2008
“On November 23, we will not just be voting
for this or that governorship, we will be deciding the destiny of this
revolutionary process”, says Stalin Perez Borges, a national coordinator of
the National Union of Workers (UNT) and United Socialist Party of
Venezuela (PSUV) militant.
An interview with Carlos Lanz, one of Venezuela's main socialist intellectuals and leaders, who pioneered worker management in one of Venezuela's largest state-owned companies, the Aluminum processing plant Alcasa. He talks to Michael Albert about how the workplace of the future would be organized, among other things.
By Federico Fuentes - Green Left Weekly, Sep 1st 2008
On August 27, Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez announced the end of negotiations with former owners Ternium
over the nationalisation of the Sidor steel factory, stating that the
government would “take over all the companies that it has here”,
insisting Ternium “can leave”.
By Federico Fuentes & Kiraz Janicke - Green Left Weekly, Aug 25th 2008
The owner of Fundimeca, an air conditioning
factory in Valencia, Carabobo, is waging an intense campaign of terror
and intimidation against the factory’s work force, which is fighting to ensure that the company complies with
Venezuela’s constitution and labour laws.
On June 11, President Chavez, accompanied by several of his principal
ministers, met with the 500 most important
employers in Venezuela. He called
there for "national unity". The socialist journal Marea Socialista asked Stalin
Perez Borges to evaluate this meeting in the present Venezuelan context.
By Federico Fuentes - Green Left Weekly, Jul 22nd 2008
A series of recent events has opened up a new phase in Venezuela's labor movement. One of the most significant was the government’s decision to
re-nationalise the Sidor steel works, one of the most important in
Latin America, after an 18-month struggle by its work force.
By Tamara Pearson - Green Left Weekly, Jul 1st 2008
“Once they got their wages, [the workers]
occupied the installations and demanded that the company go, then they
occupied the offices and demanded that the administration of Sincreba
[Merida Waste Incineration and Recycling System] retire”, Simon
Rodriguez told Green Left Weekly.
As May Day approaches once again, Federico Fuentes from
www.greenleft.org.au interviews Stalin Pérez Borges (SPB), national
coordinator of the National Union of Workers (UNT) and member of the
editorial board of the newspaper Marea Socialista and Marcos Garcia
(MG), national coordinator of the public sector federation, FENTRASEP
and member also of Marea Socialista.
The recent replacement of the labor minister and the nationalization of Sidor have once again brought to the fore the question of the role of
workers in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, whose participation as an
organized class has been sporadic at best, in this process aimed at
constructing ‘Socialism of the 21st Century.’
Denouncing the “coloniser attitude” and
“barbarous exploitation” of workers by the management of the Sidor
steel company, Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez announced at
1.30am on April 9 that President Hugo Chavez had decided to nationalise