NGO Provea: Freedom of association is disrespected in Venezuela
The Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (Provea) said that orders for reinstatement and collective bargaining agreements are violated
Esperanza Hermida, a coordinator for Enforceability in the Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (Provea), a human rights watchdog, announced that the organization will file actions with the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) and other Venezuelan courts against the Venezuelan government for breaching the International Labor Organization's Convention 87(Freedom of Association and protection of the right to organize) and Convention 98 (Right to organize and collective bargaining), as reported by Provea's in a press release.
Union leader Orlando Chirinos said that state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) announced that it was not going to comply with the order for reinstatement of Pdvsa workers. Chirinos added that more than 5,000 workers, of which 600 are union leaders, have been affected by the Ministry of Labor's failure to comply with reinstatement orders.
Jorge Marrero, a union leader of pro-government newspaper Vea, said that 26 workers were removed because they wanted to join a union a year and a half ago.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."