Worker 'Direct Participation' in Socialist Cell Phone Companies

Workers from La Petare, Caracas, say they feel respected after being elected by their respective communal councils to work in socialist cell phone company 'La Orinoquia'.

The Orinoquia Electrical Industry was born out of an agreement with China and inaugurated in May 2010. Workers benefit from working close to their houses, flexible working hours and socialist cooperation in the workplace. La Orinoquia is also aimed at stimulating national production and achieving ‘technological sovereignty’.

By Prensa YVKE Mundial / Gabriela Tarazona / Photos: Félix González

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108 workers are employed at the company.
108 workers are employed at the company.

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Marible Garcia has suffered with poliomielitis since she was 2 months old, she was elected by the communal council in her area to work at the company.
Marible Garcia has suffered with poliomielitis since she was 2 months old, she was elected by the communal council in her area to work at the company.

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The Orinoquia factory mainly employs women.
The Orinoquia factory mainly employs women.

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Luís Sulbarán works as one of the operators at the factory and also as a spokesperson for the board of workers; he says "the difference between working for a private company and a socialist one is the love with which things are made...before I worked for one person, now I work for the people".
Luís Sulbarán works as one of the operators at the factory and also as a spokesperson for the board of workers; he says "the difference between working for a private company and a socialist one is the love with which things are made...before I worked for one person, now I work for the people".

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Mabelie Hernandez is a seamstress and has worked at the company for 9 months.
Mabelie Hernandez is a seamstress and has worked at the company for 9 months.

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All of the workers take part in the production of phone covers.
All of the workers take part in the production of phone covers.

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Carmen Rodríguez says that the opportunities that Chávez has brought to the people of Petare are 'indescribable'.
Carmen Rodríguez says that the opportunities that Chávez has brought to the people of Petare are 'indescribable'.

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One of the phone covers produced at the Unit of Social Property (UPS).
One of the phone covers produced at the Unit of Social Property (UPS).

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Equipment in the socialist factory.
Equipment in the socialist factory.

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The creation of Orinoquia was made possible through an agreement with China.
The creation of Orinoquia was made possible through an agreement with China.

Workers from La Petare, Caracas, say they feel respected after being elected by their respective communal councils to work in socialist cell phone company 'La Orinoquia'.

The Orinoquia Electrical Industry was born out of an agreement with China and inaugurated in May 2010. Workers benefit from working close to their houses, flexible working hours and socialist cooperation in the workplace. La Orinoquia is also aimed at stimulating national production and achieving ‘technological sovereignty’.

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