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Venezuelans March for May Day as Maduro Raises Minimum Wage by 30%

"May of Workers' Rebellion". (Jonas Holldack/Venezuelanalysis)

Thousands took to the streets of Caracas this Sunday to commemorate International Workers Day and manifest their support for the beleaguered Chavista government of President Nicolas Maduro amidst a severe recession and a possible recall referendum.

 

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Venezuelan Parliament Passes “National Production Law” in First Discussion

Venezuela’s National Assembly has been under the majority control of rightwing coalition, the Democratic Roundtable Unity, sin

Venezuela’s leftist government opposes the law, saying that it will privatise state-owned corporations. 

 

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New Agriculture Minister Launches Bid to Cut Import Dependency

The new measures are the first actions taken by new Minister of Agriculture and Land, Wilmar Castro Soteldo (AVN).

Venezuela’s new Agriculture and Land Minister, Wilmar Castro Soteldo, launched a string of measures this past Saturday in a bid to get the country’s national food production back on track.

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Venezuelan Communist Party & Trade Unions Ask President to Pass Workers’ Councils Law

Communist Party leader Pedro Eusse has confirmed that the Communist Party of Venezuela will ask Maduro to pass the Law of Worker

Venezuela’s Communist Party  (PCV) and trade unions have asked the country’s president Nicolas Maduro to approve a law for workers’ control before January 5th, when new rightwing legislators will take majority control over the Venezuelan National Assembly.

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Attacks on Venezuelan Commune and Farmland Reported, Crops Destroyed

Edison Diaz (center) accuses Barinas state governor Adan Chavez of ordering a raid to evict farmworkers and destroy their crops.

Over the past week, two different Venezuelan groups have stepped forward to denounce illegitimate raids conducted by National Guard officials (GNB) against peasants on disputed farmland in Barinas state, and on the agricultural commune El Maizal, respectively

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Workers Accuse Venezuela's Largest Food Company of Intimidation

POLAR is Venezuela's largest private food company (VTV)

Workers at Venezuela's largest private food company, POLAR, say management is trying to stifle calls for improved wages and conditions.

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Venezuela's Maduro Announces 50% Salary Increase for Teachers

Venezuela's teachers will receive a 50% salary raise effective June 1 (VTV)

The Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro approved a 50% salary increase for the country's 713,231 teachers on Tuesday, following several months of negotiations with the Venezuelan Teachers' Federation (FMV) and other unions.

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Venezuelans March for May Day as Maduro Announces Minimum Wage Gain

Over a hundred thousand workers poured out on to the streets of Caracas on May 1st to celebrate advances for workers' right

Over a hundred thousand Venezuelans flooded the streets of Caracas on Friday in commemoration of the significant gains for working people under the Bolivarian Revolution. The celebration also witnessed President Maduro approve a sub substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage. 

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UPDATED: General Motors Workers March on National Assembly, Protest "Political" Firing of 466

The workers are demanding the enforcement of labor regulations in the wake of mass firings at General Motors (Ultimas Noticias)

On April 20, 466 of 3,300 workers at GMV's assembly plant in Carabobo state were unceremoniously dismissed via telephone, in clear violation of Venezuela's Organic Law of Work and Workers (LOTTT), which explicitly prohibits mass firings.

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Venezuela Creates Council for People with Disabilities

According to Venezuelan law, 5 percent of a company's workforce needs to be persons with disabilities to ensure employers c

The Presidential Council was created after social organizations lobbied for better state representation of disabled persons.

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Maduro to Increase Gasoline Prices as Part of Economic Pact with Venezuelan Workers

1st Working Class Congress in Caracas. (AVN)

On Monday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro approved 12 workers’ proposals aimed at increasing economic stability for working class families.

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Venezuelan Trade Union Congress Proposes Industrial and Economic Strategy

The closure of the Bolivarian Socialist Union of Workers (CBST) congress on 8 November (agencies).

Venezuela’s largest pro-government trade union federation will today hand President Nicolas Maduro a series of proposals for the greater industrialisation of the economy and strategies to overcome current economic difficulties.

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Venezuelan Coffee Plant Marks 5 Years since Nationalisation

Fama de America workers at an event to mark 5 years since the company’s nationalisation earlier this week (Angélica Barreto /

Venezuelan coffee company Fama de America this week marked five years since it was nationalised.

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15% Wage Increase, Workers’ Bank Launched by Venezuela’s Maduro

Nicolas Maduro signs and presents the act which will open discussion for public administrative workers' collective contract

On Monday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced his approval of a workers’ proposal to increase the minimum wage by 15% starting December 1st.

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1.395 Arrested in Venezuelan Anti-Smuggling Operation

The distribution to hospitals of hoarded medical supplies discovered in two large warehouses last week has begun (archive)

As part of an on-going operation against the hoarding and smuggling of basic goods, Venezuelan authorities have reported that a total of 1,395 people have been arrested for contraband activities.

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