On this occasion, he discussed some government guidelines to promote the development of the department in the context of the Productive Social Community Economic Model.
Among them was what he called the March of the North and the construction of industrial plants to guarantee food sovereignty.
“We have poultry, livestock, swine, and fish industries. That implies industries, employment, and strengthening the COD,” said the president in his speech during the commemoration of that anniversary.
Regarding the celebration, he delivered office supplies to promote the work of the confederation and announced the construction of a union headquarters.
“In honor of the COD, we want to announce that the project to build social infrastructure has been approved by the Space Projects Unit (UPRE), and we have delivered the symbolic document to make the project possible,” said the head of state.
During his speech, Arce highlighted the history of COD’s struggle to defend workers’ rights and its confrontation with the neoliberal model.
He recalled that it was created based on the Federation of miners, workers, artisans, students, builders, and intellectuals, who, with the former executive secretary of the Bolivian Workers’ Confederation Juan Lechín at the head, formed the first directory.
He emphasized that this structure has the objective of protecting the rights of workers in the department of La Paz.
Founded on October 20, 1952, the chief recalled the organization that brought together workers from various sectors of the department faced “difficult battles” against de facto governments interested in dismantling it.
He insisted that the history of COD in La Paz is the “history of the workers” because they faced dictatorships despite the fact that many leaders were persecuted until democracy was consolidated in 1982.
This means that your participation is also important in this process.
Then, he said, they continued to resist the neoliberal model implemented in Bolivia on August 29, 1985, with the dismissal of thousands of workers.
This means that the COD resisted, and in 2003, a change was achieved when the workers and the people decided to fight against a government that privatized the enemy of the workers.
“Therefore, the history of COD includes all these events of the struggle against the oligarchy, against the dictatorship, and the implementation of the neoliberal model that harms the working class,” concluded Arce.