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

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.

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

Caracas, July 28th 2013 (Venezueanalysis.com) – 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.

Composed of union leaders, safety representatives, members of workers' councils and labor activists, the meeting debated various proposals before concluding on a number of objectives, including the legalization of unions and their elections, the compliance of private clinics to their set rates of coverage, and a definitive stance against the criminalization of protests.

The resolution argued that the state’s bureaucratic framework had at times interfered with the processes among the unions and their workers, and that governance should proceed with a preference for labor over capital.

“We are ready to revive the revolutionary spirit, the same one that gave birth to the Bolivarian Revolution and to Comandante [Hugo] Chavez , and has shown itself to only become tangible through struggle, irreverence, mobilization, anti-capitalism, and above all, stimulation of revolutionary critique: a praxis of our people, which qualifies the experience and disposition to change, in order to advance within the framework of the revolution and the transition to socialism,” the organisation wrote in a statement before the meeting.

The event comes a month after the meeting of Venezuela’s first Workers’ Congress in Guayana, at which labor activists advanced ideas for a manifesto for the worker control movement.