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Let’s wiki the Labor Law

“It used to be simple,” my friend Armando is telling me. “I used to be able to play around with the shifts depending on the changes in demand. Sometimes, when I had the pizzeria, there were two good days followed by three bad days. Knowing those were coming, I could ask my guys to either…

Cancillería blues

After four years without a salary increase, the workers of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MPPRE) said “enough!” this week and staged a loud protest outside the Ministry’s Administrative Building in Caracas. What was the response from the higher ranks? Here’s a video of Human Resources Director Yajumari González, who descended from her office to give…

Guayana, meet the Hegemony

All kinds of very strange stories have been circulating about the situation in the SOE-Hearland of Ciudad Guayana, where a SIDOR strike that’s about to enter its third week is being joined by restive Ferrominera workers, amid an industrial relations climate that seems to be hitting an all-time low. Andres Velásquez’s twitter TL suggests the…

On the waterfront

Reading this story about how close we are to a collapse in our ports, about how there are 434 thousand tons of food waiting to be unloaded, about how there aren’t enough trucks to haul all this stuff around, and about how dock workers are going to be asked to work on Sundays, makes me…

Workplace bullying as public policy

In the last few days, mutiple press reports indicate that some public sector workers have been fired and others have suffered harassment because of their political stance after the presidential election. Audio clips of several heads of public bodies (like the Zulia Sports Director or the Director of Bolipuertos in Puerto Cabello) have been leaked…

A whole LOTTT of labor absenteeism

The case of ice cream maker EFE is not unique. Since the new Labor Law (LOTTT) was approved last year, labor absenteeism in Venezuela has increased alarmingly. A report in El Nacional shows that some companies are facing 46% of workers’ absenteeism. A recent survey of business leaders find 44% say labor absenteeism has worsened since…

The red scissors are coming too

The upcoming paquetazo could be coming in more ways than one. After the Chavernment’s Finance Minister hinted at the possibility of future tax hikes, the National Assembly is now saying it could take a look at how to reduce the large payroll of our public sector. Funny that, during the campaign, Chavismo mocked Henrique Capriles’ pledge of…

Another Wildcat Strike in Sidor

The good news is that raising hell at that cadena in Caruachi a few weeks back paid off: talks on a collective bargaining agreement have finally been launched – 28 months behind schedule. The bad news is that the rank-and-file is being kept in the dark by a union leadership that seems awfully close to…

Chavista oil workers threaten…a paro!

So, with this forthright, very explicit statement refusing to countenance working under a Capriles administration, aren’t PDVSA’s chavista unions in Zulia basically threatening a paro petrolero!? ¡Ni un paso atrás, no joda! It’s worth bearing in mind, though, as a reader notes, that …this “frente” has the nominal participation of only half of PDVSA employees,…

SIDOR goes into collision course

After Ferrominera’s internal election, the situation inside Guayana’s empresas básicas is getting more intense by the day. Steel-maker SIDOR is undergoing big change. Rafael Gil Barrios, current president of the CVG state conglomerate is the new head of SIDOR, on a “temporary” basis. Gil Barrios is also the regional VP of the governing PSUV and a close ally…