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Cooking Oil Socialist Workers’ Council Protests Minister’s “Imposition” of Manager

Workers protesting at their Industrias Diana plant in Valencia (Jenmar Rojas / Noticias24 Carabobo)

Workers from the worker run Industrias Diana plants are protesting the decision of food minister Felix Osorio to designate businessman David Mendoza as manager of the company.

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In First National Meeting, Venezuelan Workers Group Resolves to Advance Union Rights and Benefits

The meeting took place last weekend in Caracas (Prensa Patria Socialista)

In the first national meeting of the Workers for a Socialist Homeland held in Caracas last weekend, over 200 members agreed upon several resolutions aimed at advancing union rights and benefits.

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Venezuela Increases Local Chocolate Production

The Los Teques Cimarron plant (PSUV Miranda)

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.

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Venezuelan Workplace Inspectors Protest their Working Conditions

INPSASEL workers outside the work ministry (Delegados Prevencion)

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.

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Venezuelan Workers Meet for Worker Control Congress

Participants attending a presentation in the main hall (Néstor Ferrebus)

Activists from across the Venezuelan labour movement met last weekend for the country’s first ever Workers’ Congress, where workers discussed workplace democracy and the construction of socialism.

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Venezuelan University Workers Receive Salary Increase, Protests Continue

The agreement, announced by Minister for University Education Pedro Calzadilla, will see 25% salary increases for Sept. 1 and Ja

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. 

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Workers in Venezuela’s Nationalised Hotels Demand Respect for Labour Rights

Venetur union representatives announcing points agreed after their worker assembly on Tuesday (prensa Marea Socialista)

Workers in Venezuela’s nationalised Venetur hotel chain are demanding respect for their labour rights and pushing for a say in management decisions. 

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"Part of the Transition to Socialism": Venezuela's Labour Law Comes into Effect

Workers across the country celebrated the imminent implementation of the Lottt this year on 1 May (VTV/Archive)

Venezuela's new Labour Law for Workers (Lottt) came into effect this week, guaranteeing shorter working hours, longer maternity leave and pensions for all Venezuelans.

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Venezuelan Government Aims to Revamp Industry in Bolivar State

With the appointing of new management and more funding for state manufacturing enterprises, the Venezuelan government hopes to i

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.

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Large May Day Marches in Venezuela as Workers’ Law Comes into Effect

President Nicolas Maduro in the pro-government May Day march in Caracas today (AVN)

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”.

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Application of Venezuela's Labor Law Advances

Labor Minister Maria Cristina Iglesias (Presidential Press)

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.

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Unions March in Venezuela over Labor Rights

Unete labor activists march in Caracas (archive)

Union representatives from the labor organization Unete marched through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday to demand a resolution to various labor conflicts in public and private companies.

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Fury over Violent Dispersal of Worker Protest in Venezuela

Marcela Maspero (centre, left) and other union leaders expressed fury over the violent dispersal of a worker protest last week (

The violent dispersal of a protest by workers and the subsequent arrest of several prominent union leaders has generated an angry response among the Venezuelan labour movement.

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Labor Disputes in Venezuela Lead to Protests

Protesting workers from the Carabobo cookie factory (Aporrea.org)

Various labor disputes this week in Venezuela have led to protests by workers against employers and government entities.

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Polar Company Employees Denounce Destabilisation Plan before Presidential Elections

On Saturday, Polar employees accused the company of attempting to destabilise the country in the run up to the presidential elec

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.

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