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In Venezuela it is estimated that 1,200 business and factories have been abandoned by bosses and owners and there is a growing movement of factory occupations. Marie Trigona talks to a representative of Venezuela's Co-managed and Occupied Factories movement about its history and prospects.

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Last weekend the Co-managed and Occupied Factories’ Worker’s Revolutionary Front (Freteco) held its annual conference in Caracas.  They are a small but vocal and radical movement for worker’s control of Venezuelan industry.

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Coca-Cola-Femsa workers in Venezuela have seized the factories where they work and are preventing distribution trucks from leaving in a bid to force the company to pay out agreed-upon compensation to ex-workers.

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Just released! A meticulously researched examination of the role of the AFL-CIO in the April 2002 coup against the democratically-elected government of Hugo Chavez. In light of this information, labor activists in the U.S. and around the world should multiply the pressure on the AFL-CIO to end its ties with the NED and to pursue genuine worker to worker solidarity with the workers of Venezuela and the world.

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This is a transcript of the intervention by Jeremy Dear (general secretary of the National Union of Journalists and co-president of Hands Off Venezuela) at the British Trade Union Congress 2006. He spoke on the need for solidarity with Venezuela and defended motion 73, advocating the setting up of a united campaign body sponsored by the TUC. This was known as the "unity motion", but there was opposition from other unions to this idea and the motion was remmitted to allow for further discussion. See also the text of motion 73.

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