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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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Venezuela Takes Over Clorox Factory

Workers gather in assembly to discuss their plans to reactivate the factory (Reuters).

After Clorox's official decision to cease production and sales in Venezuela, workers have taken over the abandoned factory with government support.

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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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