• Presidential Command Post set up to monitor preventative measures against COVID-19

    In order to heighten the epidemiological surveillance and control measures against the spread of coronavirus in the region, the Presidential Command Post was set up at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas.

    The first meeting was attended by the Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, members of the Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB), sectorial vice presidents and authorities of the Capital District Government.

  • We FightTo Protect The Health And Lives Of Workers

    Common Position Of European Trade Unions On The Developments Because Of The Coronavirus

    The unions that we sign this text we salute the heroic contribution of workers, scientists in Healthcare, hospitals, sanitation and a series of other services who under, even life-threatening conditions, exhaustion, under-staffed and unprepared prevention systems, fight for the protection of the lives of the workers, of all the people.

    The consequences of this epidemic are not accidental or a natural phenomenon. But the coronavirus situation demonstrates the tragic consequences and risks to peoples’ lives from policies that treat Healthcare as an issue of individual responsibility and as a field of enormous profitability. These consequences are a result of the under-staffing of public hospitals and services, lack of infrastructure, underfunding, a severe shortage of medical and nursing staff. The EU guidelines that have dismantled peoples’ social security, prevention and health care systems for the benefit of the big Healthcare-Insurance Corporations are political choices with tragic consequences and risks for the peoples of Europe. The Governments, instead of taking measures for the shortages in public healthcare systems, they announce funding and financial assistance to the big corporations.

  • Venezuelan Government suspends flights from Colombia and Europe over COVID-19

    As of March 15, the temporary suspension of flights from Colombia and Europe will take effect as a preventative measure against coronavirus (COVID-19), announced Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who pointed out that the suspension could be extended for a month.

    At the Miraflores Presidential Palace, Caracas, he explained that the Venezuelan government is bringing forward diplomatic efforts to establish coordination mechanisms with Iván Duque’s administration to protect the Venezuelan-Colombian border.

  • Venezuela considers closing borders with Colombia and Brazil over COVID-19

    “We have consider closing the borders with Colombia and Brazil,” said on Thursday President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro.

    During a press conference with domestic and international reporters at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, the Venezuelan president asserted that “the first thing we need is coordination with the health authorities of the Colombian and Brazilian governments.”

  • President Maduro thanks China’s support to fight COVID-19 in Venezuela

    Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro thanked China’s government on Thursday for its support to prevent and contain coronavirus (COVID-19) in the South American country.

    At the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, he explained that the Chinese government sent necessary diagnostic testing kits and equipment to detect potential coronavirus cases.

  • Venezuela calls on Brazilian, Colombian governments to display good judgement

    The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza called on the Colombian and Brazilian governments on Thursday to display good judgement and give precedence to the protection of their peoples over political differences in the fight against coronavirus.

  • COVID-19: Urgent economic stimulus and workplace measures required

    The International Trade Union Confederation and its Global Unions partners have today called for urgent action by governments and employers on the COVID -19 Crisis, with a statement adopted at the Council of Global Unions (CGU) meeting today in London.

    ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “Governments must act to put in place urgent economic stimulus plans and workplace measures to protect the health and the income of workers and their families and stabilise the real economy.”

  • Venezuela declares permanent emergency in healthcare system to prevent coronavirus

    The Venezuelan government declared a state of permanent emergency in the Healthcare National Public System to implement mechanisms to prevent and contain coronavirus (COVID-19).

    “I have decided to declare a state of permanent emergency in the Healthcare System to prevent, protect and upgrade all its capacity to address cases that could be eventually detected in the country,” announced President Nicolás Maduro.

  • WFTU Statement on the Coronavirus Pandemic

    NO WORKER MUST LOSE HIS JOB!

    The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its 100 million members all over the world, expresses its support to the workers around the globe, who are facing consequences on their health and risk on their working rights, because of the Coronavirus outbreak which now records a large number of cases and deaths.

    We urge the governments to immediately  take all necessary measures to ensure life and health of workers, as well as the protection of their labor rights.

  • Cyprus International Conference Against Imperialism postponed to September 11-13, 2020

    Due to the increasing health threat posed by the spread of the virus COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), we have been forced to  make the difficult decision of postponing the Cyprus International Conference Against Imperialism, scheduled for  March 27-29, 2020 in Larnaca, Cyprus.  This was not an easy decision for the organizers of the  conference. We did not want to postpone the conference prematurely due to the travel and financial problems it could  cause for our speakers and participants, who had already made their reservations for lodging and booked their airline tickets. The number confirmed international participants had reached more than 100 from around 50 countries.

  • Corona in camouflage: massive military exercise maintained despite health risks

    Despite current critical health risks, the US military will continue with its plans for a large-scale combat exercise in Europe involving the deployment of tens of thousands of personnel – Defender 2020.

    Commenting on the dangers posed by the continuation of this major manoeuvre, Özlem Alev Demirel (Die Linke, Germany), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Security and Defence, explains that there were always many reasons to call this plan off – the coronavirus is just one more.

  • Hotel-Tourism Workers of Greece Demand Immediate Measures

    After the recent developments because of the Coronavirus epidemic, the Hotel Workers Unions took a series of initiatives for the protection of Hotel-Tourism-Catering Workers.

    Among these initiatives, they met with the Ministry of Tourism and filed the following Resolution and demands for immediate measures of protection of workers’ Health and Safety, as well as their work right and job positions

  • Key health control measures adopted at Venezuela’s international airports

    Venezuela activated protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO) to detect, contain and prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) at the country’s airports, informed the Deputy Health Minister Marisela Bermúdez on a telephone conversation held during an event led by President Nicolás Maduro to celebrate the Doctors’ Day and broadcast by state-run TV station Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).

  • Venezuelan government to hand out COVID-19 test kits

    COVID-19 test kits will be handed out to the capital cities of the 23 states, and the Capital District, to detect potential infections and prevent the spread of this disease.

    President Nicolás Maduro announced on Tuesday, March 10, the distribution of COVID-19 test kits and explained that 46 hospitals are undergoing upgrades to guarantee specialized health care to the Venezuelan population.

  • Coronavirus control measures implemented at border crossing posts and airports

    “The Ministry of People’s Power for Health distributed the clinical protocol against Coronavirus Covid-19 in all the health care centers of the country. The health national public and private system know this protocol, which should be implemented for this matter,” said the Venezuelan Vice-president at a press briefing she held after a meeting with the Covid-19 Follow-up and Control Permanent Commission.

    Rodríguez informed that Venezuela’s health authorities are on the alert and implementing control measures at all the border crossing posts and airports of the country in the event any passenger or traveler shows symptoms of this infectious disease that has cost the lives of thousands of people in the world.

  • If Coronavirus Was to Wipe Us Out, We’d Probably Never See It Coming

    AOC, Dublin

    In 1998, a British ex-physician published a piece linking the MMR vaccine with autism, he was proven wrong by numerous studies since and found guilty of scientific fraud. Also in the late 90s, the manufacturers of all-natural personal care products began rumours of a popular shampoo foaming agent causing cancer, this was debunked long after they made their money. US Vice president, Joe Biden, advised citizens to avoid confined spaces, such as airplanes, during the 2009 swine flu pandemic – although even the World Health Organisation had to admit that ordinary flu strains caused more deaths in the same year. Currently, West Africa is experiencing its second biggest Ebola epidemic, yet it was the 2014 outbreak, with the help of numerous misleading books and media spin, that saw schools closed across the US, sick people quarantined and ‘Ebola’ shouted at African sports people. Only a handful of cases were ever reported in the US. So, as Coronavirus (COVID-19) touches down in Ireland in the middle of flu season, it’s time for another round of hysteria.

  • Workplace Measures Against Coronavirus Including Paid Sick Leave are Crucial

    With some 90,000 people in dozens of countries currently infected by the COVID 19 virus, the ITUC is calling for urgent measures to ensure that workers who show symptoms can take sick leave without fear of losing their jobs or their incomes, and receive free health care. With the WHO warning of “very high risk of global spread and impact” of the disease, workplaces are frontlines in combatting its proliferation.

  • President Maduro: The coronavirus is a possible biological weapon against China and the peoples of the world

    “There are analyzes in the world that show that the coronavirus can be a strain created for the biological war against China, there are already many elements that are seen in the global analysis and you have to raise your voice, ring the bell and alert, in case the coronavirus is a weapon of war that is being used against China and the peoples of the world”.

    The affirmation corresponds to the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, during the working day with the Gran Misión Cuadrantes de Paz.