Venezuelan doctors call on workers to protest for freedom of association

(EFE). – The Venezuelan Medical Federation (FMV) on Wednesday called on the workers of that union to protest on May 1, when celebrating International Workers’ Day, in order to respect union and union independence, and to improve working conditions. .

In a press release, FMV President Douglas Leon Natera noted that “the health union’s collective contracting ended 19 years ago, due to the government’s refusal to improve working conditions for Venezuelan workers in general.” He called his colleagues to raise their voices.

According to the letter he did, Lyon said he did not detail whether, in addition to the protest, they would be conducting any other public activity.

The doctor pointed out that fair wages and union membership are rights “extracted” from all civil organizations in the country.

“Venezuelan doctors demand a basic salary of $1,500 per month to be agreed through collective bargaining.”

The FMV blamed the National Electoral Council (CNE), responsible for promoting and implementing elections for unions and professional associations, for curtailing union rights, as “no professional or labor organization in the country has modernized its board, due to the Venezuelan electoral authority’s refusal to hold elections in these institutions.” under the instructions of the government.

In addition, he referred to the salaries of health workers and emphasized that “Venezuelan doctors are asking for a basic salary of $1,500 per month, to be agreed upon through collective bargaining.”

In this regard, he explained that the salary offer from the FMV was presented, for the last time, on March 29, to the Minister of Labor, Jose Ramon Rivero, who, according to the federation, “refused to give an answer . . “

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On April 20, Leon asserted that in Venezuela there is “no guarantee of the right to health” due to the hospital crisis that the nation is experiencing as a result of the shortage of medicines and medical supplies, and noted that more than 80% of the health care network is “in ruins and deserted for many years.”

The government, which ensures their health needs are covered for Venezuelans, blames sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries on the Caribbean nation, which, it says, prevent more money from being invested in improving hospitals and working conditions.

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