[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 
developmental policies.

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, 
amongst others.

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 
the population.

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.

        Presidential elections

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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