[Marxism] Big Labour in Venezuela, & Internationally

Chris Brady cdbrady at sbcglobal.net
Wed Mar 31 11:36:00 MST 2004

The ILO's recent decision against the Chavez government indicates how
much that international organization, ostensibly the champion of labour,
actually follows orders from corporate HQ (see Source 1, below). 
Venezuelanalysis.com provided a good introduction to the situation. 
Seven Oaks adds to our understanding with an interview of Henry Nava, a
national director of the Union of Venezuela Workers (UNT), as opposed to
the corrupt CTV.  Here's a relevant portion of the interview:
7O: The coup d'etat in 2002 was supported by the CTV, the major trade
union federation, and Carlos Ortega, its leader. What can you tell us
about the new, Bolivarian, labour federation that's being created in

H.N.: Carlos Ortega, you can say, he's a vagabond that has never worked
anywhere and now less, in his sweet exile. He was one of the most
nefarious union pseudo-leaders that the workers have had
   The CTV,
with Carlos Ortega, Manuel Cova and others are [also] the ones
responsible for the fact that, during the months of the petroleum
shutdown, the companies grouped in Fedecamaras laid-off more than 60
thousand workers. [They are] responsible that Fedecamaras committed all
types of abuses against the workers -only because of those rogues that
supported them.

Perhaps PDVSA should hire back those individuals --and put them to work
in the fields planting seeds for a new generation of workers, literally:
doing argricultural labour.  Turn them from treason into treasure for
all in the Bolivarian Revolution.


1. International Labor Organization Tells Venezuela to Re-hire Oil
Industry Employees
 By: Gregory Wilpert - Venezuelanalysis.com, March 29, 2004
CARACAS -- In its most recent meeting, the International Labor
Organization's (ILO) Committee on Freedom of Association, decided to
take up the issue of the 18,000 employees who were dismissed from the
state oil company PDVSA, for having engaged in the two-month 2002-2003
oil industry shut-down. According to the ILO committee, the shut-down
could be a considered a general strike and the firings would therefore
be illegal. The committee thus urges that the employees be re-hired.

2. Fear and Voting in Latin America:
A Report from El Salvador and Venezuela, with Henry Nava
by Derrick O'Keefe.
Translated by Andrea Pinochet.
Seven Oaks, March 29, 2004

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