This Wednesday, April 27th, public employees, guilds and Venezuelan unions, called on civil society to mobilize throughout the national territory the next May 1st, to Commemorate International Worker’s Day, to demand the vindication of their rights, call for working conditions that allow them to have a decent salary to have a better quality of life and also, access to anticovid vaccines.
Among the complaints highlighted by the healthcare, education, university, and civil society unions, is the payment of the payroll of public employees through the ‘patria system’ (social control device); the generalized healthcare crisis; the water shortage in educational centers and hospitals; the violation of labor rights; the lack of insurance policies for illness and hospitalization; unjustified dismissals; lousy salaries; the dismissal of collective barganing as a labor practice.
From Plaza de Los Palos Grandes, in the Chacao municipality, public employees held a press conference where Ismael Ocanto, President of the Caracas Hospital and Clinics Union, stated that on May 1st, Venezuelan workers have “nothing to celebrate because there is an economic situation that has led the population into extreme poverty.”
“There are no motives for celebration, but motives for protest. The regime has applied itself in the task to ruin the few labor benefits that have have been left behind,” said Ocanto, who in turn, warned that the hospital crisis in Venezuela is further worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, the lack of medical supplies and other consumables in hospitals.
He regretted the death of 500 healthcare professionals to COVID-19 for not having biosafety equipment.
Next, Edgar Machado, President of Sinvema, said that the regime for 20 years has destroyed the educational system, as a result, teachers receive a monthly salary of only 2 dollars, which is not enough to purchase the full basic food basket and denounced that professionals do not have a healthcare system for their medical needs, so many of them are dying at home.
On the part of civil society, Adnar El Asmar, Coordinator of the ‘Mesa Social de Caracas’, asked all Venezuelans to join the national protest to demand decent salaries and a national vaccination day for all public employees in Venezuela without distinction.
Finally, Argelia Castillo President of the Association of University Professionals and Technicians. Apufat, in the same vein as her fellow citizens, invited the workers “to protest nationally and internationally, through democratic channels” to vindicate the fight in defense of labor rights.
“All Venezuelan workers are going hungry, we are dying, we do not have vaccines against the coronavirus, we do not have a hospitalization, surgery and maternity (HCM) insurance policies to treat chronic diseases, nor any economic benefit that protects us in the future,” she remarked.