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Worker Occupied Kimberly-Clark Factory Produces 2 Million Sanitary Pads

Aragua Governor Tarek El Aissaimi with workers from the Gran Cacique plant. (Twitter/ @CarylBertho)

Venezuela’s newly nationalized Kimberly-Clark factory has produced 2,068,800 sanitary towels in the first month since reopening following a worker takeover in July.

 

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Venezuela's Maduro Commits Funds to Seized Factory

President Nicolas Maduro tours the installations of the Kimberly Clark and committed millions to help the factory produce import
The factory, now controlled by the workers, can provide 20 percent of the national demand for hard-to-find personal hygiene products.
 
 

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Venezuela Backs Worker Takeover of Kimberley Clark as Citibank Moves to Close BCV Account

Labor Minister Oswaldo Vera signs a workers' petition to reopen the factory under worker control. (@Carluisv-@rogertradicio

Maduro green lighted a request by workers to occupy a factory owned by US consumer products giant Kimberly Clark after the latter shut its doors, firing nearly 1000 workers. 

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Venezuelan Conglomerate to Continue Beer Production as Workers Reach Agreement with Coca-Cola

Workers in Zulia have secured their rights and benefits as Coca-Cola closes plant (Bloomberg).

Polar announced that their plants will produce beer throughout the year while Coca-Cola workers will continue to receive benefits despite paralyzed plant production.

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Venezuelans March for May Day as Maduro Raises Minimum Wage by 30%

"May of Workers' Rebellion". (Jonas Holldack/Venezuelanalysis)

Thousands took to the streets of Caracas this Sunday to commemorate International Workers Day and manifest their support for the beleaguered Chavista government of President Nicolas Maduro amidst a severe recession and a possible recall referendum.

 

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Venezuelan Parliament Passes “National Production Law” in First Discussion

Venezuela’s National Assembly has been under the majority control of rightwing coalition, the Democratic Roundtable Unity, sin

Venezuela’s leftist government opposes the law, saying that it will privatise state-owned corporations. 

 

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New Agriculture Minister Launches Bid to Cut Import Dependency

The new measures are the first actions taken by new Minister of Agriculture and Land, Wilmar Castro Soteldo (AVN).

Venezuela’s new Agriculture and Land Minister, Wilmar Castro Soteldo, launched a string of measures this past Saturday in a bid to get the country’s national food production back on track.

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Venezuelan Communist Party & Trade Unions Ask President to Pass Workers’ Councils Law

Communist Party leader Pedro Eusse has confirmed that the Communist Party of Venezuela will ask Maduro to pass the Law of Worker

Venezuela’s Communist Party  (PCV) and trade unions have asked the country’s president Nicolas Maduro to approve a law for workers’ control before January 5th, when new rightwing legislators will take majority control over the Venezuelan National Assembly.

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Attacks on Venezuelan Commune and Farmland Reported, Crops Destroyed

Edison Diaz (center) accuses Barinas state governor Adan Chavez of ordering a raid to evict farmworkers and destroy their crops.

Over the past week, two different Venezuelan groups have stepped forward to denounce illegitimate raids conducted by National Guard officials (GNB) against peasants on disputed farmland in Barinas state, and on the agricultural commune El Maizal, respectively

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Workers Accuse Venezuela's Largest Food Company of Intimidation

POLAR is Venezuela's largest private food company (VTV)

Workers at Venezuela's largest private food company, POLAR, say management is trying to stifle calls for improved wages and conditions.

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Venezuela's Maduro Announces 50% Salary Increase for Teachers

Venezuela's teachers will receive a 50% salary raise effective June 1 (VTV)

The Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro approved a 50% salary increase for the country's 713,231 teachers on Tuesday, following several months of negotiations with the Venezuelan Teachers' Federation (FMV) and other unions.

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Venezuelans March for May Day as Maduro Announces Minimum Wage Gain

Over a hundred thousand workers poured out on to the streets of Caracas on May 1st to celebrate advances for workers' right

Over a hundred thousand Venezuelans flooded the streets of Caracas on Friday in commemoration of the significant gains for working people under the Bolivarian Revolution. The celebration also witnessed President Maduro approve a sub substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage. 

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UPDATED: General Motors Workers March on National Assembly, Protest "Political" Firing of 466

The workers are demanding the enforcement of labor regulations in the wake of mass firings at General Motors (Ultimas Noticias)

On April 20, 466 of 3,300 workers at GMV's assembly plant in Carabobo state were unceremoniously dismissed via telephone, in clear violation of Venezuela's Organic Law of Work and Workers (LOTTT), which explicitly prohibits mass firings.

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Venezuela Creates Council for People with Disabilities

According to Venezuelan law, 5 percent of a company's workforce needs to be persons with disabilities to ensure employers c

The Presidential Council was created after social organizations lobbied for better state representation of disabled persons.

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Maduro to Increase Gasoline Prices as Part of Economic Pact with Venezuelan Workers

1st Working Class Congress in Caracas. (AVN)

On Monday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro approved 12 workers’ proposals aimed at increasing economic stability for working class families.

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