[Marxism] FWD: Mobilizations and Counter-Mobilizations in Venezuela’s Oil Union Elections
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Mobilizations and Counter-Mobilizations in Venezuela’s Oil Union Elections
September 16th 2009, by Kiraz Janicke - Venezuelanalysis.com
Caracas, September 15, 2009 (venezuelanalysis.com) - Mobilizations and
counter-mobilizations of oil workers aligned with competing factions in
the upcoming and bitterly contested elections for the United Federation
of Venezuelan Oil Workers (FUTPV), have occurred throughout Venezuela's
state-owned oil company PDSVA, in recent weeks.
The election contest has become increasingly heated after comments in
July by Venezuela's Oil Minister and PDVSA president, Rafael Ramirez,
when he said he would not negotiate a collective contract with "enemies
of the revolution."
Ramirez's comments were largely viewed as interference in union affairs
and an endorsement of one particular platform in the union elections -
the Socialist Worker's Vanguard (VOS or Platform 7), a platform that
groups supporters of President Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian revolution.
Wills Rangel, currently one of three provisionally appointed national
coordinators of the FUTPV, heads VOS.
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