In Venezuela, Solidarity Center works with a broad range of national labor centers and unaffiliated worker organizations so they can organize and represent workers, bargain collectively over working conditions and improve enforcement of fundamental labor rights for all workers.
Over the past 13 years, the Solidarity Center has worked with a broad range of national labor centers and unaffiliated worker organizations in Venezuela. Past programs have addressed collective bargaining,organizing, worker participation, social security reform, labor rights in relation to trade and negotiating pacts of nonviolence between rival construction worker unions. Currently, Solidarity Center activities in Venezuela focus on improving the capacity of Venezuelan union partners to organize and represent workers and to bargain collectively over working conditions and improve enforcement of fundamental labor rights for all workers.
Given the political fragmentation and divisions between unions in Venezuela, Solidarity Center activities work to help unions from all political tendencies overcome their divisions in order to jointly advocate for and defend policies for increased protection of fundamental rights at the workplace and industry levels. The Solidarity Center currently supports efforts to unite unions from diverse political orientations (including chavista and non-chavista, left and center) to promote fundamental labor rights in the face of anti-labor actions that threaten both pro-government unions and traditionally independent unions. This emphasis on core union rights such as freedom of association and collective bargaining helps unions transcend their political fissures to address the basic needs of working people in Venezuela.