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Minister Hern?ndez: Government policies reduce unemployment to 6%

According to Roberto Hernández, Minister of People’s Power for Labor, over the past ten policies implemented by the government have reduced unemployment levels to 6 percent.

“We arrived with unemployment as high as 13% and 14%, but currently it is at 6%.  Nevertheless, we are not satisfied.  As such, at the Ministry of Labor we have policies to improve on these numbers,” the Minister emphasized on Monday.

Hernández made this affirmation during an appearance on Al Momento, a program broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).

Regarding collective bargaining, he said that different negotiations have been successfully carried out.

Minister Hernández noted that there has been no conflict in this matter given that the Ministry has promoted the need for parties to reach accords, and as such, agreements have been reached with state firms that benefit both parties.

Furthermore, the Minister indicated that this is a government by workers and for workers.

“Over the past ten years, all Venezuelan workers have received significant benefits.  In the first place, salaries went up every year and we know have the highest [minimum] wage in all of Latin America,” he highlighted.

Minister Hernández stressed that the job security decree established by the government allows workers to keep their jobs despite the global economic crisis that is affecting capitalism.

He explained that this is it is said that the financial debacle has not affected Venezuela in the same way as capitalist countries.

“In Venezuela, for several years we have had a policy of job security, which is very important now that capitalism is going threw a crisis that is fundamentally affecting the working class,” concluded Hernández.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / January 26, 2009

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