President Chávez to sign new Labor Law on Monday
Over the weekend, Venezuelan government spokesmen posted on Twitter a number of messages describing random aspects of the new Labor Law. On Sunday, Minister of Communication and Information Andrés Izarra used the social network to announce that President Hugo Chávez would sign the instrument on Monday
Andrés Izarra, the Minister of Communication and Information, reported on his Twitter account that Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez would sign on Monday the new Organic Labor Law (LOT). In the message, he urged the country to wait for the new law. He did not specify the time when the event will take place or whether a mass rally would be held.
"Great event: LOT to be signed on Monday. Everyone should be alert!" reads the message posted by the Venezuelan top official on the social network.
Meanwhile, state-run news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) said that the law "shall vindicate the rights of Venezuelan workers, such as seniority in the payment of social benefits, a 6-week leave of absence for women workers before delivery and a 20-week leave after childbirth, among other economic and social benefits."
According to AVN, the new organic law was drafted based on proposals made by workers.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."