Confederacion de Trabajadores de Venezuela
The Confederacion de Trabajadores de Venezuela is a federation of labor unions in Venezuela. It has close links to the Democratic Action party.
The union federation has been a consistent and key opponent of Venezulean President Hugo Chavez. In the year 2001, two years after his first election to President, Chavez's government ordered the union federation to undertake its first-ever direct leadership elections. Although the Supreme Court refused to certify the results, the winner Carlos Ortega assumed the presidency. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) condemned Chavez's interference in the affairs of free trade unions.
In 2002 and 2003, the CTV received funding from the United States' National Endowment for Democracy via the American Center for International Labor Solidarity.
In 2003, a new union federation, the Union Nacional de los Trabajadores was started by people in the labor movement who supported Chavez. Some unions disaffiliated with the CTV and affiliated with the UNT.
Union Nacional de Trabajadores
List of trade unions
CTV official site.
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