Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Disabled workers are still waiting to re-enter the plants

“We still have more than five thousand disabled workers.” We feel mocked by the state and the company, and we feel ignored,” said the workers.

Disabled workers from the Alfredo Maneiro Orinoco Steel Plant (Sidor) and other basic companies are once again asking the national government to listen and restore their positions at the plant.

Although the former minister, Hipólito Abreu, proposed in 2023 to reinstate disabled employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are still waiting for an answer.

Arnaldo Rojas, a Sidor worker, recalled that since February 2020, the company has deactivated nearly 8 thousand workers under the commitment to guarantee salary protection and incentives such as food bags.

“The things that have never been fulfilled, at the moment, we pay 15% of the corresponding salary for our two weeks. (…) We pay a salary without concepts; we do not receive any kind of incentive from the state,” he commented.

Currently, they say that they have exhausted all regulatory and peaceful means to get an answer; however, the government entities, those who manage the Venezuelan Corporation of Guayana (CVG), or the presidents who are in Sidor did not act in any way. pro solution.

“There are more than five thousand disabled workers. (…) We feel insulted, by the state and by the company, that we feel ignored, because we are fathers and mothers of families that, with our labor, provide in our grain of sand so that the company comes first,” he said.

On behalf of state workers and workers of other basic companies, Rojas called on the CVG intervention board and the President of the Republic, Nicolás Madurom, to pay attention to this matter and give an immediate response to those who have been deactivated.

It emphasizes that they deserve to have the jobs they have earned with great effort; therefore, they deserve to have a salary established in Article 91 of the Constitution.

Work tables

Pedro Perales, president of the Bolivarian Socialist Workers’ Central (Cbst), recently highlighted the progress made by labor groups in the rights of workers in basic companies.

In an interview with First, she said that bringing back workers who left due to the pandemic is also being considered. “We are looking for answers that can be given so that we can rejoin them,” he commented.

He assured me that there are already workers who have joined Sidor and other companies, but the idea is that help will be provided slowly to resolve this situation.

“This is what we’re looking for—to have these partners included in that search package to give them answers to the city,” he said.

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