By Jonah Gindin – Venezuelanalysis.com, Oct 28th 2004
Venezuelan workers are currently in the midst of a period of rapid changes, affecting the working environment from union to community, from factory to the state. In part I of this series we examine the phenomena of union referenda that seek to democratize historically authoritarian—and often corrupt—local unions.
By Jonah Gindin – Venezuelanalysis.com, Oct 18th 2004
The image of Chávez vs Labor, repeatedly thrown at the unsuspecting casual observer by the mainstream media, is precisely intended to mislead. The unpleasant truth is that the CTV has not adequately represented Venezuelan workers since the 1970s, if not before.
On September 7, 2004, the owners of Venepal, a paper mill in Morón, Carabobo, in Venezuela, decided to cease their operations and not pay their 400 workers their wages. The workers are now demanding that the government nationalizes the company and puts it under workers’ control and management.
By Bill Fletcher Jr. - TransAfrica Forum, Oct 7th 2004
The August 15, 2004 recall election in Venezuela may have introduced a new chapter in Venezuelan political history. A January 2004 TransAfrica Forum-sponsored delegation to Venezuela was able to observe elements of what has been underway in Venezuela.
Interviews with the leadership of the CTV and the new labour central UNT indicate that the historically-strong CTV, profoundly opposed to the Chávez government, is in trouble, and that the newly-formed union central UNT, which supports government policies, is gaining momentum.
By Jonah Gindin – Venezuelanalysis.com, May 7th 2004
As the conflict at Siderúrgica del Orinoco (Sidor) enters its third week and millions of dollars in losses for the plant, the strike has come to represent the current contradictions within the government in its relationship with labor.
By Derrick O'Keefe - SevenOaksMag.com, Mar 31st 2004
An Interview with Henry Nava, national director of UNT, the new union federation of Venezuela. Nava talks about the recent elections in El Salvador, which he observed, and the possible presidential recall referendum in Venezuela.
The AFL-CIO's continued support for the CTV is disturbing, especially given the benefit of hindsight the AFL-CIO has from the events of April of 2002 when the Venezuelan union federation CTV participated in the coup against President Chavez.
The 1st National Congress of the National Union of Workers (UNT) of Venezuela called for an autonomous, democratic, solidaristic and internationalist, classist, independent, and unitary worker's movement.