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Alcasa Guayana City (Bolivar): Organizational Structure (11:22)


Corporacion Venezolana Guayana (CVG) Alcasa operates under the Ministry of Basic and Mining Industry. Elio Sayago joined the Board of Directors after workers began co-managing the company. The Lamination Management Trio was elected in late March and increased productivity.

Alcasa Guayana City (Bolivar): Education and Training (09:55)

Twelve cooperative companies united to improve Guyana City's transportation system. Carlos Lanz lays the first brick on a new training center for Empresas de Produccion socia. Improvements that have been implemented include a participative budget, technological upgrades, and worker education.

Textile Workers Cooperative of the Táchira San Cristóbal: Creating a Worker Based Factory (09:06)

The factory was shut down due to employer negligence. President Hugo Chaves Frias told the country to create cooperatives. The workers obtained a loan in Caracas to run the factory at 40% production; they hope to repay it within four years.

Textile Workers Cooperative of the Táchira San Cristóbal: Social Progress (04:15)

Caroline Chacón discusses governmental education and medical programs dedicated to improving the community. Workers enjoy meetings with management.

Guarico Tomatoes - Caigua Altagracia de Orituco (Guarico): Taking over the Factory (08:29)

58 workers began an occupation to form a cooperative on July 7th. Inapym (the National Institute for Small and Medium Industries gave a credit to reopen the ketchup company. Salomon Garcia used the credit for his own needs instead of investing into the factory.

Guarico Tomatoes - Caigua Altagracia de Orituco (Guarico): Capitalism (02:29)

Workers describe how the cooperative work together to reap the profit and how the organization makes decisions together on its future.

Cocoa Agro-industrial Cooperative Union Cumana (Sucre): Origination (05:55)

Ramon Martinez and the president of the Republic wanted to get the old food factory Perugina running again. The Ministry of Popular Economy (Minep) gave the credit to the cooperative to reopen. The factory processes 45% of the cocoa in Venezuela.

Cocoa Agro-industrial Cooperative Union Cumana (Sucre): Production (04:58)

Edith Mendoza determines the quality of the cocoa beans upon arrival. The management is 16 members from different parts of the cooperative in a general assembly. All the workers receive the same income.

Invepal Paper Factory: Moron (Carabobo): Organization Structure (13:36)

The ministry of Labor supported the workers organizing the plant as a cooperative and rescuing the paper company; the government gave the factory 7.5 million dollars to reopen. An elected assembly makes decisions on behalf of the cooperative.

Alcasa Management Meeting (09:30)

Carlos Lanz assembles his board of directors to discuss the participatory budget, technological upgrades, and changes to management. Members discuss how they want the transformation process to ensure unity and collaboration.

Credits: Five Factories: Worker Control in Venezuela (00:49)

Credits: Five Factories: Worker Control in Venezuela

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Five Factories provides a penetrating look at the Bolivarian socioeconomic project designed to challenge the dominant neo-liberal development model.

Length: 81 minutes

Item#: BVL165958

Copyright date: ©2006

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