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The Corporate Media's Forgotten March: Chavismo Mobilizes on IWD 2017

Working class Chavismo marched en Caracas on Mayday in support of Maduro

On International Workers' Day, hundreds of thousands of workers flooded into the Avenida Bolivar of Venezuela's capital to celebrate the advances of workers' rights under the Bolivarian Revolution, as well as in support of Venezuela's first worker-president, Nicolas Maduro, against mounting attacks from the domestic opposition. 

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Venezuela's National Minimum Wage Increases by 60% on May Day

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (Reuters)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced an increase to the minimum wage Sunday, which he said would help to shield workers' from the effects of the economic crisis in the country.

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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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President Maduro Signs Several Laws Before Decree Powers Expire

Maduro signed the laws just days before the decree powers granted to him by the National Assembly early in 2015 were set to expi

The new laws include increased tax for big business, as well as the creation of mixed government-private sector businsses in gold mining. The president also decreed protection for workers' until 2018.

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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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Update: Childcare Workers Suspend Vigil, Begin Negotiations inside Venezuela’s National Assembly

A few of the childcare workers towards the end of day 2 of vigil (Arlene Eisen)

Ten days ago, with at least one representative from each of Venezuela’s 23 states, some 100 childcare workers gathered for a vigil outside the National Assembly. They vowed they would stay until the government acted on their demands for a living wage, benefits and recognition as workers.

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Childcare Workers Begin Vigil Outside National Assembly in Venezuelan Capital

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With at least one representative from each of Venezuela’s 23 states, some 100 childcare workers gathered yesterday outside the National Assembly. “We’re revolutionaries, not slaves. We cannot live on 2975 bolivares a month—barely 70% of the nation’s minimum wage. And we get no benefits or pensions.”

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