Venezuelan trade union leader Orlando Chirino has been sacked from his job in the state-owned oil company PDVSA.
The new Hands Off Venezuela film No Volverán (Never Again) is misnomer, because inspite of its title, it repeats the mistakes of earlier lefts.
Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, lost his referendum on constitutional reform by a tiny margin, with 4.5m votes against (50.7%) and 4.4m (49.3%) in favour. Chávez has accepted the results, saying that the proposals had not been approved “for now”, but that he would continue to struggle for his version of “socialism”.
Hugo Chávez lost his referendum on constitutional reform by a tiny margin, with 4.5m votes against (50.7%) and 4.4m (49.3%) in favour.
Greg Wilpert, Changing Venezuela By Taking Power: The Policies of the Chávez Presidency 1999-2006, Verso 2007
I had an interesting altercation with some rrr-revolutionary “anti-imperialists” Workers’ Power people at a post support group meeting yesterday.
Iranian sugar workers strike
There is a useful article on workers’ control in Venezuela, explaining in detail the recent struggles of workers at bathroom manufacturer Sanitarios Maracay, as well as the difficulties they face.
There are signs of a revival in worker organising in Venezuela, but it is not clear whether it will be independent of Chávez.
Last week a “unification commission” of the two major factions within the UNT union federation met to organise elections for the leadership, which are long overdue. Leaders of the pro-Chávez Colectivo de Trabajadores en Revolución (CTR) and the more independent Corriente Clasista Unitaria Revolucionaria y Autónoma (CCURA) said they want to organise elections later this year.
By Milton D Lein of the Juventud de Izquierda Revolucionaria group in Venezuela