“You can count on my support to recover the companies abandoned by the bourgeoisie,” Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said in La Guaira, in Vargas State, in the opening speech of the National Congress of Socialist Workers on Sunday.
“We need to build a new economic model in the country, where the working class is protagonist,” said Maduro.
The First Congress of Workers, which officially starts today, will debate plans and proposals for the economic development of the country, with the presence of rural workers, industrial workers, and civil servants, among others. Over 6,500 delegates are in attendence.
The president called for the construction of a committed and revolutionary union movement, as current unions are “becoming too old, and are at the end of their tether”.
The head of state confirmed that workers’ organisations can rely on the executive power’s support to re-activate companies and production units that are not contributing to the development of the workers and the country.
“Whoever gets involved in the economic war, in one way or another, the workers, with the law in their hands, must take over this production unit (…) and make it work,” Maduro said, referring to what he alleges is economic sabotage committed by big business.