Workers of Venezuelan cement company protest over layoffs

A group of workers of Cementos de Venezuela, a cement company located in the town of Guanta, state of Anzoátegui, decided to go on a sit-down strike to support 27 of their fellow workers who were dismissed Sunday on Labor Day.

They started the protest at 6:00 a.m. to demand the managers of the cement company to absorb the workers, who were hired between two and six years ago.

José Sabino, the Secretary General of the Cement Workers’ Union in the state of Anzoátegui (Sintracea), said that two and a half months ago a Transitional Board, which was set up in 2008 when the Mexican cement maker Cemex was nationalized, and the company signed a document whereby the parties agreed to absorb outsourced staffing, but this agreement has not been met, reported Venezuelan newspaper El Tiempo.

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