British Transport Workers Express Solidarity with the Workers of the Caracas Metro

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Prominent trade union leaders in the British transport sector have expressed their solidarity with the workers of the Caracas Metro, condemning “the recent wave of violence from extremist elements of the right-wing opposition in Venezuela towards transport workers, the public transport system and the Ministry of Transport”.

The statement outlines how 36 workers have been injured, 200 people have received medical treatment and 40 metrobuses have been attacked with passengers and staff inside, alongside an attack on the Ministry of Transport with firearms, and concludes by expressing “support for the statement of the Workers of the Caracas Metro and the Ministry of Land Transport (MPPTT), who have linked the violence to the wider pattern of opposition violence (including a siege of the state TV station VTV) aimed at de-stabilising the country’s constitutional and democratically elected government,” and saying ,”We support President Nicolas Maduro and the transport workers’ calls for peace and dialogue, and an end to the extremist, anti-democratic violence of elements of the opposition.”

Peter Kavanagh, Regional Secretary of Unite the Union in the London & Eastern Region, which represents the over 85,000 transport workers in the London & Eastern Region of the over a quarter of a million transport workers in Unite nationally, said  “Unite will continue to support the struggles of the Venezuelan people for self determination and dignity.”

The full text of the statement and list of signatories can be read below.

STATEMENT – From Transport Workers in Britain to the Metro Transport Workers in Caracas, Venezuela

“As workers and unions in the field of transport, we totally condemn the recent wave of violence from extremist elements of the right-wing opposition in Venezuela towards transport workers, the public transport system and the Ministry of Transport. 36 workers have been injured, 200 people have received medical treatment and 40 metrobuses attacked with passengers and staff inside. Now, the Ministry of Transport has been attacked with firearms.

In expressing our support for the statement of the Workers of the Caracas Metro and the Ministry of Land Transport (MPPTT), who have linked the violence to the wider pattern of opposition violence (including a siege of the state TV station VTV) aimed at de-stabilising the country’s constitutional and democratically elected government, we support President Nicolas Maduro and the transport workers’ calls for peace and dialogue, and an end to the extremist, anti-democratic violence of elements of the opposition.”

Yours,

Mick Carney, TSSA President (Transport Salaried Staffs Association) Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary (Transport Salaried Staffs Association) Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) Diana Holland, Unite the Union Assistant General Secretary (Transport) Peter Kavanagh, Regional Secretary, Unite the Union London & Eastern Region Martin Mayer, Unite the Union Executive Council (Member for Passenger Transport workers) James Mitchell, Unite the Union Executive Council (Member for Passenger Services workers) Karen Mitchell, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign Vice-Chair & RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) Katy Proctor, ASLEF Mohammad Taj, TUC President & Unite Executive Council (Equalities,) bus driver Mick Whelan, ASLEF General Secretary