A police and military contingent today prevented the march that some fifty workers of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas had undertaken to protest the de facto wage unification that the Government of Nicolás Maduro has applied in the midst of the economic crisis.
Some thirty members of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) and the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) blocked the demonstration, which had already traveled part of the UCV and intended to leave for a place of high traffic in downtown Caracas.
The president of the union of workers of the UCV, Eduardo Sanchez, told reporters that the protest "aims to prevent the application of anti-constitutional measures such as the repeal of collective agreements."
The Executive launched in August the so-called economic recovery plan with which it seeks to get the country out of the crisis and that included, among other measures, a 3,500% wage increase.
This measure, however, was a homologation for millions of public workers who happened to earn the minimum legal salary, equivalent to about $ 29 per month, despite the fact that their collective contracts indicate that they must receive two, three or more times that amount.
Sanchez announced today that the "fight of guilds", with more than a hundred days of protests already, will remain until the head of state rectifies.
He said that next week UCV workers will support three 24-hour strikes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while on Tuesday they will protest at the Ministry of Planning and on Thursday they will carry out a march whose fate was not specified.
Similar protests were registered this week at other universities, as well as hospitals, ministries and state companies.
Despite having the largest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela is going through a severe economic crisis that results in hyperinflation, widespread shortages and deterioration of public services.