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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 February 2006

Venezuela: Women occupy Caracas factory

FOR THE past six weeks, a group of around 40 women have led a struggle for jobs and pay at the Selfex factory in the south east of Caracas.

Elizabeth O'Hara, Socialist Party (Britain), Caracas, Venezuela

The company, which makes women's underwear under the brand name LONY, ceased production in August 2005 when the owners claimed they could no longer afford to produce. They attempted to send home the 250 strong workforce, telling them they were on enforced annual leave.

The workers, 80% of whom are women, refused to accept this and insisted on their right to pay, meal tickets (a type of luncheon voucher) and national insurance contributions.

The workers were paid their wages up until mid-December but then the owners claimed bankruptcy. In response, on 12 December, the workers occupied the factory, placing a large padlock on the outer entrance door and controlling all access to the building.

The women have worked out a rota of shifts to ensure that the factory is occupied 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have seen nothing of the owners since December.

Many of the women have strong doubts as to whether the owners are really as broke as they claim. They recall the time of the bosses' lockout in 2003 and remember how the owners shut down the factory but the workforce insisted on coming to work. This time, the workers are just as determined. They believe the owners are waiting for them to tire and go home.

As worker Maria Teresa Bravo said: "This company has been going for 70 years. There are sewing machines here, vans to distribute the merchandise and above all there is a skilled workforce who want to work. All we need to start up production is cloth and cotton. We are all in our 30s, and 40s. We have families to feed. We are determined to fight for our jobs."

The women, all members of the UNT union, are low paid and have now had no income since December. Rosa Sojo explained: "We can't afford to buy the swimsuits and underwear we make. We are only paid the minimum wage."

The women feel that the existence of the Chavez government has created an environment in which they feel more confident of raising their demands. However, despite their faith in the Chavez project, it still important that the workers are organised independently and formulate concrete demands, such as a demand that the company open its books so that the workers can see where the profits have gone. Workers could also explore ways of restarting production and call for nationalisation under democratic workers' control.

Messages of support to: cwi_venezuela@yahoo.com and copies to: cwi@worldsoc.co.uk

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Campaign for a New Workers' Party

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Venezuela: We are a mighty river

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