On Saturday December 3rd over 200 people attended the founding conference of the British Hands Off Venezuela campaign at the main hall of the London headquarters of NATFHE – the union of lecturers in further education. It was attended by people from all over Britain. The majority were activists in the British labour and trade union movement, although there was also a large number of youth and students.
El SÃ¡bado 3 de diciembre, mÃ¡s de 200 personas participaron en la conferencia fundacional de la Campaña Manos Fuera de Venezuela en Gran Bretaña, en el salÃ³n de actos del local de NATFHE, el sindicato de profesores de universidad. La mayorÃa eran activistas y directivos sindicales del movimiento obrero britÃ¡nico, aunque también habÃa una gran cantidad de jÃ³venes y estudiantes.
Movements like those in Venezuela force everybody to take a stand - and the “progressive” liberal press is no exception. Simon Tisdall, in his Guardian column titled “Chavez the Bush baiter” (November 25), reveals the bias of the mainstream media towards the Venezuelan Revolution. Here we include a link to Tisdall’s column and to the letters that some readers sent to the Guardian in rejection of this biased piece of capitalist propaganda.
This is the message that 27 cities from the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom are sending to the Bush administration and the United States government on December 2 ... the First International Venezuela Solidarity Day.
SPÖ Vorarlberg (Austria) voted for the resolution put forward by the Socialist Youth (SJ) to support the Hands off Venezuela Campaign. With the passing of this resolution the SPÖ Vorarlberg expresses its solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and supports the revolutionary Venezuelan trade union, the UNT, as the only genuine militant and anti-capitalist trade union in the country.
After the CFMEU trade union, now the Australian Council of Trade Unions also passed a resolution in solidarity with Venezuela. The resolution is broadly based on the ones passed earlier this year by a number of British trade unions and finally passed unanimously at the British Trades Union Congress (see Motion 79). We hope this resolution will spread even further throughout the Australian union movement.