[Marxism] ILO condemns Venezuela government.... for crackdown on business groups!

Fred Fuentes fred.fuentes at gmail.com
Thu Nov 15 13:51:34 MST 2007

This must be a first, a supposed union organisation comes out to
demand that a government give the right to organise to bosses!

UN labor agency condemns Venezuela government crackdown on business groups

The Associated Press
Thursday, November 15, 2007


GENEVA: Venezuela's left-wing government is violating the rights of
the country's employers by preventing them from organizing freely, the
U.N. labor agency said Thursday.

The International Labor Organization called for the government of
President Hugo Chavez to ensure that business groups can operate "free
from violence, pressure or threats of any kind against (their) leaders
and members."

ILO also urged the government to drop legal proceedings against senior
officials of the Fedecamaras business chamber, ensure they have
freedom of movement, and guarantee employers' right to free speech
through the media.

Fedecamaras, which is made up of hundreds of thousands of business
members and has traditionally been anti-Chavez, recently urged voters
to oppose the president's constitutional reforms "by all legal means."
The call was condemned Wednesday by Finance Minister Rodrigo Cabezas,
who said the group appeared to be calling for resistance beyond
opposing the reforms at the ballot box in a Dec. 2 referendum.

Chavez has repeatedly warned that his enemies could try to topple him
by stirring unrest around next month's vote, though he has not singled
out Fedecamaras.

Cabezas accused the group of playing a key role in a short-lived 2002
coup that briefly ousted Chavez. The interim leader who briefly took
Chavez's place was Pedro Carmona, a businessman who then headed

Governments, employers groups and labor unions are all represented at
the ILO, making it unique among U.N. bodies that are generally
reserved for governments.

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