GMB backs Venezuelan revolution (updated)

The congress of the GMB, a British general union with 700,000 members agreed to support Venezuela's revolution.

gmbMore than 500 delegates and 300 visitors from around the country met in Brighton from June 3rd for the congress of the General Municipal and Boilermakers Union. One of the resolutions discussed dealt with Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution. The motion, presented by the London Central General branch of the union explained that the GMB congress "supports the marvellous struggle of the Venezuelan working class to create a socialist society which can act as a bulwark to US imperialism in Latin America." As a concrete way to " pledge our support to their struggle" the motion further called for the union to affiliate to the Hands Off Venezuela campaign. The resolution was passed unanimously, showing the enormous support that exists within the British trade union movement for the Bolivarian revolution.

This is the full text of the motion that was passed:

287 Support of Venezuelan workers
This Congress supports the marvellous struggle of the Venezuelan working class to create a socialist society which can act as a bulwark to US imperialism in Latin America.  We pledge our support to their struggle and in solidarity demonstrate this by affiliating to the Venezuelan Information Centre and Hands Off Venezuela campaigns.

the CEC introduced the following qualification:

The thrust of this motion is in line with current GMB policy. However, we believe that the best way to demonstrate our solidarity is by continuing the work with the Venezuelan Information Centre who have a high level of trade union affiliations and has built the widest possible support for the degree of Venezuelan national sovereignty.