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Orlando Chirino

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The National Union of Workers

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The NUW New South Wales Branch prides itself on supporting our members and their families. A union can only be as strong as its members and our members show their strength and committment each day in work places across the State. They form a strong collective ...more

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Socialist Viewpoint ... news and analysis for working people

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Interview with Orlando Chirino, National Coordinator of the National Union of Workers (UNT) in Venezuela


Controversial Labor Leader is Fired from State Oil Company

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Venezuelan union leader Orlando Chirino classified his dismissal from state owned oil company PDVSA, as an act of 'discrimination and political persecution" this week.
Caracas, 30 January 30, 2008 (venezuelanalysis.com) - Venezuelan union leader Orlando Chirino classified his dismissal from state owned oil company PDVSA, as an act of 'discrimination and political persecution" this week. Chirino, a national coordinator of the National Union of Workers (UNT) and a member of the joint direction of the oil industry union Sinutrapetrol, was fired without explanation by PDVSA management towards the end of 2007. Orlando Chirino Orlando Chirino (Aporrea) Speaking to the media as he lodged a complaint with the Ministry of Labor last Friday, Chirino said his sacking was arbitrary and without prior warning. He pointed out that although his wages were suspended on November 30 he did not receive notification of his dismissal until December 28. "This act of discrimination that violates my constitutional right to work," he added. Chirino explained that he was covered by a clause in the PDVSA collective contract, which gives additional protection against sacking to workers who earn no more than three times the minimum wage, however he said the PDVSA management increased his wage prior to his sacking in order to remove these protections. Chirino, who has worked for PDVSA since March 2003, said, "I gambled my life defending the principal industry and president Chavez from the attack of the coup plotting opposition and imperialism," during the oil industry lockout (Dec 2002- Jan 2003). From 2006 Chirino worked in the Department of Social Control of SISDEM (System of Democratization of Employment), in PDVSA. However, he alleged that he has been the victim of marginalization and discrimination within PDVSA for two years, and that he has been denied the usual salary increases and bonuses. The reason for this persecution, "corresponds to my categorical opposition to bureaucratic and corrupt practices in the industry and my intransigent defense of worker's rights," he said. Chirino claimed the decision to fire him was primarily based on his opposition to President Chavez's proposed constitutional reforms together with pressure from the Ministry of Labor and the Bolivarian Socialist Force of Workers (FSBT), which he described as a "bureaucratic union current." Chirino lost significant support in the trade union movement last year, including from within his own trade union current C-CURA, due to his opposition to the constitutional reforms (which he described as "class collaborationist") and a proposal he made to fuse with sectors of the largely discredited, right-wing opposition aligned trade union federation, the CTV. However, in another statement today, Perez Borges, Hernandez, and a number of other union leaders, on behalf of the MAREA Socialista current expressed their solidarity with Chirino. "Independently of the fact that we don't share some of the political positions that Orlando Chirino has defended in recent times, we defend his right to express himself, his right to work and to be recognized and respected as a trade union leader in our country," they wrote. "It is evident that the decision to dismiss him is unacceptable as well being illegal and is the result of pressure, rumors, and intolerance that characterizes the Bolivarian Socialist Force of Workers, who are using their position in the Ministry of Labor to conspire in PDVSA for the unjust dismissal of this comrade," the statement continued. The statement called for the direct intervention of Chavez into the matter to ensure that Chirino is reinstated. MAREA Socialista also said they would initiate a campaign alongside Chirino for his reinstatement. Chirino is also calling for international expressions of support.


venezuelanalysis.com

Part 3: Chirino and Chomsky, Ultraleft and Bourgeois Critics of the Bolivarian Revolution
The first appeal was launched by a small ultra-left organisation in Venezuela, whose most prominent member is Orlando Chirino (original Spanish). Now, some irrelevant ultra-left groups internationally have taken it upon themselves to translate the appeal into French and English. At one point, Chirino was one of the most popular trade union leaders in Venezuela and became a member of the national coordination of the newly formed National Workers' Union (UNT). However, his sectarianism played a key role in the break up of the 2nd Congress of the UNT and he has since abandoned the camp of the Bolivarian revolution and joined the counter-revolutionary opposition.


www.marxsite.com

As Orlando Chirino explained to the crowd, "The fundamental banners of the [program that is required] are anti-imperialism; internationalist solidarity; support for all the struggles of the workers and the popular movements; the defense of the rights of the oppressed minorities; the struggle for political power and the destruction of the capitalist state...and furthermore, that it set forth as a goal the construction of socialism on a democratic basis, under a government of workers and the people."
Orlando Chirino of the National Union of Workers: "The workers are going to want to go much further" ORLANDO CHIRINO is the national coordinator of the National Union of Workers (UNT) in Venezuela. He is a longtime militant and Trotskyist and a member of Revolutionary Left Option (OIR). Several interviews with Chirino were collected and published in June as the pamphlet Orlando Chirino...Responde. Here, we print an excerpt from one interview, in which Chirino responds to a question about the current political situation in which high oil prices have supported the Chávez government's social programs and forced the anti-Chávez opposition to keep its head down.


Brazil - Socialists of the World Support Heloisa Helena

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Orlando Chirino, National Coordinator of the National Union of Workers (UNT) Venezuela


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