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This is the text of the NUJ motion to the 2006 British Trade Union Congress. This was also known as the "unity motion" since it seeked to establish a TUC body to coordinate the work of the three existing solidarity campaigns in order to deliver more effective assistance to trade unions in Venezuela and further the solidarity work. The TUC General Council asked for the resolution to be remmitted.                                                                                                                     

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Hands Off Venezuela held a fringe meeting in Brighton for the TUC on the evening of Wednesday, September 13, which also included a screening of the documentary “Venezuela Today, the World Tomorrow?”

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A largescale protest last week by workers from the Sidor steelworks secured the release of five of their co-workers after they were arrested by the National Guard on charges of undue expropriation and seizure of plant machinery. The protest, supported by the unions at the plant, partially closed down the steelworks and brought the city of Puerto Ordaz, in Venezuela’s Bolívar state to a standstill.

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More than 120 people packed the Latin America fringe meeting at the TUC on Monday, September 11, where a lively debate took place on the Venezuelan revolution, including such questions as workers’ control in the factories.

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Under the surface of the different factions or currents within the National Union of Workers, a more dangerous quarrel is simmering away that could have consequences for the government and its revolutionary credentials.  What is up for grabs is the meaning of XXI century Socialism and the UNT’s role within it.

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