Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has signed into law the country’s new labour legislation after a consultation process with the Venezuelan public which lasted nearly five months. The law will see the working week reduced to 40 hours and maternity leave increased to 6.5 months.
Yesterday was the fourth day of a strike in a bottling and distribution plant of Coca-Cola Femsa in Carabobo state. Workers are demanding a fair collective agreement, pay rises, food tickets, and a dining room.
By JANET DUCKWORTH – GREEN LEFT WEEKLY, Nov 17th 2010
More than 5,000 workers from across Venezuela marched to the Venezuelan National Assembly in Caracas, demanding a new labour law that would, "place in the hands of Venezuela’s workers the direction of this revolutionary process.”
Incredibly, it appears that adherents of the Free Trade Agreement between the US and Colombia have commenced an effort to smear Venezuela in order to advance the prospects of the Colombia agreement by using bare statistics without elaboration or explanation to suggest that Colombia is no different. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Hundreds of workers from all over the country marched last Thursday in Venezuela’s capital Caracas in favor of a new “revolutionary labour law.” Furthermore, they wanted to express their solidarity with the Venezuelan Mitsubishi workers in struggle.
In the midst of factional infighting and an ongoing
dispute over a collective contract, elections for the United Federation of
Venezuelan Oil Workers (FUTPV), which were set for August 12th, have
now been postponed to September 2nd, the FUTPV Electoral Commission