[News] PSUV-PCV Unity Agreement to Confront Crisis of Venezuelan Capitalism
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PSUV-PCV Unity Agreement to Confront Crisis of Venezuelan Capitalism
By PSUV and PCV – Tribuna Popular - March 1, 2018
/On February 26, the Venezuelan Communist Party and the United Socialist
Party of Venezuela signed <https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13685> a
comprehensive programmatic agreement in which the latter agreed to a
host of popular demands in the areas of workers' rights, corporate
monopolies, and collective leadership of the revolutionary process in
exchange for the former's endorsement of incumbent Nicolas Maduro's
presidential candidacy. /
Unity accord between the PSUV and PCV to address the crisis of
dependent and rentier capitalism of Venezuela with popular,
patriotic and anti-imperialist political and socio-economic actions:
1. We, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and the Communist
Party of Venezuela (PCV), as heirs to the legacy of Simón Bolívar and
the struggles of the Venezuelan people in their aspirations for
independence, sovereign development, and Latin American integration,
subscribe to the present unity accord.
Said accord contains the common commitment to implement it in all of its
parts, and represents a clear understanding of the growing, immoral,
illegal and criminal interventionist aggression of US imperialism and
its European allies against the Venezuelan Bolivarian process. Such
aggressions are putting at risk the prospect of national liberation
which began with the popular victory of Commander Hugo Chávez in the
presidential elections of 1998, and which even includes threats to our
national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
2. We the PSUV and the PCV denounce before the world that imperialism,
through the U.S. government and with the subordinate complicity of
governments of Latin America and the Venezuelan extreme right, insists
on creating a false case in multilateral organisms against our country
so as to justify international intervention, with the real possibility
that the right-wing governments of Colombia, Brazil, and Guyana may
generate a provocation on our borders.
3. We the PSUV and the PCV say that the crisis of Venezuela's dependent
and rentier capitalism has had, and has, serious consequences for the
quality of life of our people, especially in their purchasing power,
supply of goods and services; that this situation has been exacerbated
by actions and measures of imperialism and its local figureheads, who
promote private and public corruption, bureaucratism and the flight of
foreign currency in a context of a severe reduction of oil income, all
of which are phenomena against which the national government must
maintain and deepen a frontal fight, such as that undertaken in [state
oil company] PDVSA and other state bodies.
4. We the PSUV and the PCV declare that the way out of the current
capitalist crisis should not be in favor of the bourgeoisie and
transnational corporations but in favour of the interests of the people,
in the search for a new productive post-oil model of sovereign
development, and tend towards the protagonist participation of the
workers, campesinos and campesinas, communards, and popular classes,
which should form a great anti-imperialist front and move forward in the
establishment of an organic expression of collective and unified
leadership of the political, social, patriotic and revolutionary
organizations so as to enable an analysis of the government’s actions as
well as to construct and coordinate policy actions.
5. The magnitude and gravity of the current situation and the
intensification of the class struggle at national and international
levels demands an increase in immediate actions to be taken in the
economic, social and political fields, including emergency measures
needed to prioritize popular demands such as food and health
requirements. Such measures would be consolidated with the triumph of
the patriotic forces in the next presidential election.
Rights of the working class and working people
6. We the PSUV and the PCV underline the importance of strengthening the
class-based trade union movement and the various expressions of the
labour and revolutionary movement, such as the Productive Workers'
Councils, Socialist Workers' Councils, approving the special law
established in the Organic Labour Law, and respecting the autonomy [of
such organsiations]. Also, to develop channels of effective
communication and timely mechanisms of the other revolutionary worker’s
organizations so as to enable workers of public and private sectors to
have a leading role in the development of the social process of work.
7. Taking into account the deepening of the capitalist crisis which
affects large sections of the working class, it is important to
strengthen and protect labour rights, employment protection and expand
the policy of creating new jobs.
8. We the PSUV and the PCV will work together, each to the extent and
scope of our organizations, from the Government and the socio-political
spaces we occupy, to identify and channel the restitution of the
infringed rights of workers in cases already raised or that may arise in
public and private sectors.
9. [We commit] to immediately review and apply the necessary corrections
regarding denunciations from revolutionary organizations regarding the
actions of certain public officials.
10. [We adhere to] advance resolutely in suitably interconnecting the
productive processes of the nationalized companies with each other, many
of which must be restructured and the processes of dismantling and
deterioration that could lead to stoppages that would be damaging for
the national productive development must be reversed. In addition, [we
commit] to protecting and institutionally supporting the rural campesino
collectives who have reactivated state-owned farms.
11. We the PSUV and the PCV will evaluate the experiences of workers
control, such as the Guyana Socialist Plan, so as to establish a new
model of ownership and multi-faceted management of the state-owned
enterprises whose productive processes, management, and distribution are
under worker and popular control. We shall do this based on the
principals of collective leadership and so as to permanently banish the
scourges of corruption, inefficiency and authoritarian and undemocratic
methods in management.
12. [Is it necessary] to promote and implement strong actions by the
National Superintendence for the Defense of Socio-Economic Rights
(SUNDDE) and the Superintendency of the Institutions of the Banking
Sector (SUDEBAN), in articulation with the popular organizations, in
order to protect the millions of users of the banking system,
particularly workers, pensioners, and small entrepreneurs.
13. We consider relevant and urgent the adoption and strengthening of
measures aimed at dismantling the power of private monopolies, defining
and promoting policies to achieve sovereign and productive national
development, punishing corruption, speculation and mobsters, and
promoting the deepening of national, sovereign, and productive
14 [We commit to] prioritize formal employment with its respective
labour rights as an activity that dignifies the human being, as well as
strengthening wages and restoring them to be the majority and main
component of the income of the workers.*
Measures to analyze in greater depth
15. We the PSUV and the PCV, in bilateral and regular meetings, will
discuss strategic proposals that are being raised by the PCV to
collaborate in the development of plans and policies of the State and
the Government for the benefit of the people and national liberation,
15.1 Themes included are the banking and financial systems, foreign
trade, public finances, and the tax system.
Strengthening political and organizational actions
16. We the PSUV and the PCV will identify areas of common action that we
must strengthen both politically and organizationally.
16.1. We the PSUV and the PCV will set a timetable for the holding of
bilateral meetings with a frequency of at least once per month between
representatives of both national leaderships.
16.2 We the PSUV and the PCV will follow up regional and municipal
efforts to develop effective policies and those which attend to needs of
16.3. In the international arena, based on the areas of action and
attention of every organization, we will strengthen relations with
bodies that have demonstrated consistent solidarity with Venezuela and
the revolutionary process.
16.4. In the production area, we will support manufacturing and
agro-industrial proposals and projects, with special emphasis guaranteed
to all initiatives stemming from the communal and campesino movement.
16.5. We the PSUV and the PCV are committed to the strengthening of the
labour and trade union movement, facilitating the articulation of
class-based and revolutionary currents with the state entities so as to
solve problems and disputes as well as respecting the rights of workers.
16.6. All projects related to audio-visual and printed media that are
initiatives of both organizations and popular movements and workers will
be supported as part of the cooperation in the fight in the media war
and against psychological operations.
16.7. Both political organizations will foster relationships between
their youth organizations: the Youth of the United Socialist Party of
Venezuela and the Communist Youth of Venezuela, through student,
cultural, sporting and community-based proposals so as to deepen the
rights of young people.
16.8. In order to make progress in the development of policies of
alliances PSUV-PCV and the revolutionary popular movement, we will work
to ensure a unified formula of an electoral nature that ensures
effective presence and strengthening of our organizations in the
legislative elections at the national, state and municipal level.
17. The PCV, using this Accord and the diverse points in which they
coincide with the PSUV in areas of national and international politics
as its base, assumes the candidacy of the compatriot Nicolas Maduro
Moros. We do so so that he may head a wide coalition of political,
social, patriotic, popular, and revolutionary forces which may serve as
the seed of a collective and unified leadership of the process. Also, so
that he may represent the popular aspirations of the anti-imperialist,
unified, Latin American struggle and develop our sovereignty in the
interests of the Venezuelan people. As such, we will work together
respecting the autonomy of each organization so as to achieve an
overwhelming triumph this upcoming April 22^nd .
18. Both organizations commit ourselves to widely reproducing this
Program of Unified Accord PSUV-PCV.
/Translated by Paul Dobson for Venezuelanalysis.com. For the text of the
original agreement, click here
/*Editor's note: Over the past year, the Venezuelan government has
enacted successive increases to the national minimum wage. However, the
PCV and other leftist groups have denounced the rising proportion of
food tickets, which now constitute a majority of workers' wages, a
phenomenon that has been termed the "bonification of the wage". More
recently, the Maduro administration has opted to further complement
inflation-eroded wages with holiday bonuses, which are direct cash
transfers administered through the Homeland Card system. /
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