The Socialist Carpentries Supporting Venezuela's Great Housing Mission
By Correo del Orinoco and YVKE
Venezuelans are being given the chance to train as carpenters and work for "socialist" EPSDC carpentries (direct community social production enterprises) which are supporting the government's great housing mission.
One of the socialist carpentries, opened last week in one of the government's newly built socialist cities, Turmerito, was established by a group of 22 communal councils. The carpentry produces doors for the state's housing mission, which aims to build 3 million houses before 2017.
As well as providing citizens with decent housing and local services, including community police, schools and health centres, one of the concepts central to the government's new socialist cities is to provide local and socially orientated non-exploitative work to residents.
"I never thought in my whole life that I would be making doors, but now that's what I'm doing, thanks to the revolution," said Ana Estrada, a worker at the carpentry.
The carpentries are not just challenging capitalist socio-productive relations, but also socially-ascribed gender roles, as women take on an increasing role in traditionally male-dominated labour activities (CdO).
Communal councils petitioned the government to provide funding for the construction of the EPSDC carpentry, which cost 3 million bolivars (US$698,000) to construct (CdO).
Work at ESPDCs is gender neutral (CdO).
A socialist carpentry opened in Guarenas as part of the government's "work and knowledge" mission to eliminate unemployment (YVKE)">.
The Guarenas carpentry employs 63 workers (YVKE).
Published on Aug 16th 2012 at 2.39pm