UNT leader Orlando Chirino
speaks to journalists at NUJ headquarters in London
addresses British Trade Unionists at Hands Off Venezuela fringe meeting
Venezuelan trade unionist Orlando Chirino, national coordinator of the UNT, addressed a room filled with over 50 delegates attending the Trade Union Congress in Brighton on Wednesday 14 th September at the Quality Hotel.
The meeting was organised by the Hands Off Venezuela campaign.
Venezuelan Trade Union leader Orlando Chirino
at the TUC Congress
Orlando Chirino, who is a National Coordinator of the UNT, will be speaking at a fringe meeting, giving a unique chance to TUC delegates and other British trade unionists to hear first hand about the experiences and challenges facing the Venezuelan revolution and labour movement.
Orlando Chirino is currently a member of the oil workers' union SINUTRAPETROL, but has more than 30 years experience in the trade union movement, particularly in the struggles of the textile workers in Valencia and Maracay.
will be speaking at a fringe meeting at the TUC
on Wednesday and at a joint meeting on Colombia and Venezuela
in London on Thursday, 15th.
Speakers: Orlando Chirino
, National Coordinator of the UNT, John Wilkin (President NATFHE, just returned from Venezuela), John McDonnell
Leaders of the UNT
present at the 93rd Annual Session of the ILO
: Marcela Máspero, Orlando Chirino
, Marco Tulio Diaz, Servando Carbone, Hugo Peña, Victor Mora, Angel Marcano, Marco Garcia y Anastasio Rodríguez.
UNT leader Orlando Chirino
speaks in London
On his way back from the International Labour Organisation Conference, Orlando Chirino, National Coordinator of Venezuela's National Workers Union (UNT) will be speaking at a meeting in London.
was founded in August 2003 as the response of democratic trade unionists in Venezuela
to the fact that the unelected and illegitimate leadership of the CTV
had supported and participated in the military coup in April 2002 and the bosses lock out in December 2002.
has now became the main trade union organisation in Venezuela
and is actively participating in the struggle for workers' control and co-management that is taking place in state owned companies like Alcasa and Cadafe
and recently nationalised ones like Venepal and CNV
With decades of experience in the trade union movement, especially in the hard struggles of the textile workers, Chirino became one of the main trade union leaders in the industrial state of Carabobo, participated in the formation of more than 80 different unions and was a member of the regional trade union centre Fetracarabobo.
played a key role in the struggle against the coup in April 2002, and the bosses lock out of December 2002.
He lead the foundation of the UNT in his capacity as a leader of the Bolivarian Workers' Force.
We provide a scanned version of the signed letter (signatures of Ruben Linares and of Orlando Chirino
, Stalin Perez and Eduardo Piñate), which is a tremendous recognition for the solidarity work we are doing throughout the world!