Labor protests were the most important type of demonstrations in Venezuela in the first quarter, to the extent that they accounted for 44 percent of all demonstrations between January and March 2011, compared to only 30 percent a year ago.
The data was disclosed in a report issued by the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Unrest of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (Clacso) and the Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (Provea). The document showed that labor protests have steadily increased so far this year. There were 143 demonstrations staged by workers in January; 203 in February and 207 in March. Therefore, there was a 44.7 percent increase throughout the period, for a total of 553 conflicts.
“Marches, rallies, hunger strikes, strikes and permanent meetings in factories were some of the expressions of fight by workers of state-run and private companies,” the paper submitted by Clacso and Provea said.
The report added that workers staged demonstrations throughout the country but the most serious conflicts were carried out in the states of Bolívar, Anzoátegui, Zulia and the Capital District.