Government allegedly trying to uproot collective bargaining agreements
The Independent Front for the Defense of Employment and Unions (Fades) warned about government layoffs in 2013
The main cause is associated with violations of collective bargaining agreements.
Trade unions believe this is not an isolated situation, but a government strategy to uproot both collective bargaining agreements and autonomous trade union movements.
Recent statements made by Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro triggered reactions on this issue.
Recently a dispute emerged within the energy sector due to non-compliance with the collective bargaining agreement entered into four years ago. In this sense, Maduro highlighted the need for "putting an end to the framework of collective bargaining agreements, as they have a hideous nature and fail to solve problems."
Electric Energy Minister Héctor Navarro himself has asserted that the collective bargaining agreement has not been met because collection is not sufficient. Workers with the energy sector have described Navarro's argument as unfounded. The State has met a part of the costs of the latest collective bargaining agreements, in virtue of its policy of frozen electricity rates.
Collective bargaining agreements continue to dwindle. The Independent Front for the Defense of Employment and Unions (Fades) says today nearly 400 contracts of mayors and governors' offices, ministries, and professional groups are awaiting their renewal.
Further labor instability is imminent. It is believed the State "is preparing massive layoffs," a Fades' member said.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.