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Venezuelan Government, Sidor Workers Sign New Collective Contract

Sidor Workers’ Trade Union (Sutiss) leaders with Minister of Industry José David Cabello (@jdavidcabello)

Workers from the state-owned steel plant Sidor in Guayana City have signed a new collective contract, Minister of Industry José David Cabello announced on Thursday. The contract ends a long-standing dispute between workers and the national government, who have spent over two years in negotiations after the last collective contract expired in 2010.

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Venezuelan Steel Plant Sidor Renews Operation

Minister of Industry José David Cabello conducted a tour of the plant with workers (El Universal)

Following the announcement of a collective workers’ contract signed at the end of last week, the Sidor steel plant in Ciudad Guyana will reopen for normal operation, several officials confirmed this afternoon.

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Activists & National Authorities Create Regional Councils for “Communal Governance” in Venezuela

Since Maduro created the first regional Presidential Council of Communal Governance in mid-July, a series of meetings involving

Across Venezuela commune activists are creating regional Presidential Councils of Communal Governance in order to play an increased role in the management of local and regional affairs in conjunction with national authorities.

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Amid Confusion over Announced Sidor Collective Contract Agreement, Workers Continue Protests

While Sidor Workers’ Union Secretary José Meléndez (top) announced the completion of a new collective workers’ contract, o

While representatives from both the Venezuelan government and the workers’ union at the state-owned Sidor steel plant in Ciudad Guyana announced that each side had agreed to terms for a new collective workers’ contract early Thursday morning, other union members contested that the negotiations left out key leaders, and convoked protests later in the day.

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14 Arrested and Two Injured in Confrontations between Sidor Workers and Venezuelan National Guard

The protests focused on continued delays in the negotiation of a collective workers’ contract with the national government (@C

Clashes between protesting workers at the state-owned steel plant Sidor and the Venezuelan National Guard on Monday in the southeastern city of Guyana ended with at least 14 arrests and two injuries, according to multiple sources.

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First Bolivarian Workers’ Congress Begins in Venezuela

“We need to build a new economic model in the country, where the working class is protagonist,” said Maduro. (prensa Miraflo

The First Congress of Workers, which officially starts today, will debate plans and proposals for the economic development of the country, with the presence of rural workers, industrial workers, and civil servants, among others.

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Transportation Strike Ends in Venezuela’s Nueva Esparta

The strike, protested a lack of auto parts, insecurity, and the creation of a cheaper, government-initiated MetroBus system that

After carrying out a day-long strike affecting an estimated 95% of public transportation in Margarita in Nueva Esparta state, the Nueva Esparta Transport Union agreed to resume work yesterday after an assembly between workers and government representatives.

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Sidor Steel Workers March to Reject Venezuelan Government’s Stance in Dispute

Workers from state owned steel plant Sidor marched through the city of Ciudad Guayana in the east of Venezuela on Monday in reje

Workers from state owned steel plant Sidor marched through the city of Ciudad Guayana in the east of Venezuela on Monday in rejection of the government’s stance in their long-running labour dispute.

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Workers in Venezuelan State Companies Demand Improved Pay & Conditions

An assembly was called in Sidor on Thursday to reject the government’s stance in the contractual dispute. Production line work

Workers in state run steel and electricity companies are demanding improved wages and conditions, and have issued criticisms over the management of their respective industries.

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Venezuelan Government Takes Measures in Key Economic Areas

As part of the effort to combat shortages and inflation, authorities have been monitoring and inspecting companies to prevent th

While planning macroeconomic reform in a bid to stabilise the economy, Venezuelan authorities are attempting to tackle problems in key economic areas such the supply of goods, labour, and international air travel.

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Maduro Initiates Government “Shake-Up” in Venezuela for July

Maduro addresses the nation through his weekly radio program, In Touch with Maduro. (Presidential Press)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced yesterday the need for “a complete and profound revolution within public administration.” 

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Childcare Workers Begin Vigil Outside National Assembly in Venezuelan Capital

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With at least one representative from each of Venezuela’s 23 states, some 100 childcare workers gathered yesterday outside the National Assembly. “We’re revolutionaries, not slaves. We cannot live on 2975 bolivares a month—barely 70% of the nation’s minimum wage. And we get no benefits or pensions.”

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Fisheries Unions Demand Dialogue with the Venezuelan Government

Heads of the fishing industries workers' unions (UNETE-CTR)

In the early hours of last Wednesday morning, the heads of the fishing industry workers' unions of Sucre state announced their request to be incorporated into the mesas económicas (economic tables), among other [sectors].

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Venezuelan Workers Demand Nationalisation of Automotive Industry

An automotive worker's rally in 2007 (UNT)

Venezuelan automotive workers have slammed multinational car manufacturers for cutting back production in the country, while the country's largest trade union federation has called for the nationalisation of the industry.

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Motorcyclists Propose Education Plan as Venezuelan Government Mulls Night Ban

Motorcyclists on a road in Caracas (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

An organisation representing Venezuelan motorcyclists has called for a road safety education plan in response to a controversial proposal to ban motorbikes after dark in Caracas.

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