Yesterday members of the Venezuelan national government inaugurated another chocolate factory, part of a push to increase local production of a product which for centuries was Venezuela’s main export, but was always processed and consumed overseas.
Public health and safety inspectors from Vargas, Aragua, Miranda, and Carabobo states protested in Caracas yesterday, calling for the resignation of the president of Venezuela’s work security institute, INPSASEL. Other protests were also held around the country outside INPSASEL.
The Venezuelan government and university representatives have agreed to salary and benefit increases for university employees in three increments, Minister for University Education Pedro Calzadilla announced on Friday night.
The Venezuelan government appointed new management and renewed investment in the state-owned conglomerate Corporacion Venezolana de Guayana (CVG) and its subsidiaries, in efforts to raise production in Venezuela's industrial sector.
Today both pro-government and opposition supporters held large marches in Caracas, as well as smaller ones around the country, to mark International Workers Day. While government supporters celebrated a minimum wage increase and the labour law, opponents of the government demanded a “fair wage”.
Labor Minister Maria Cristina Iglesias announced this week that the Labor Ministry will be intensifying meetings with public sector and state-run companies in the upcoming weeks to ensure the correct application of the Labor Law for Workers.
The 34,000 employees who work at the Polar Business food production conglomerate in Venezuela have denounced what they describe as a violation of their labour and social rights, and have accused the company of attempting to destabilise the country in the run up to the presidential elections on October 7th.