THE TROTS LIVE ON – IN THE UNIONS – While people in Venezuela scavenge through rubbish to find food, as the miracle of socialism (once again, entirely unexpectedly) has emptied the shops, our good ol’ Aussie unionists pledge their support for the revolution:

At a July 26 meeting of the Victorian branch of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union, Australia’s third-largest and most powerful union, members resolved to “pledge our support with the people of Venezuela and their Bolivarian Revolution Socialist Government”.

“This meeting notes the Venezuelan government is a democratically elected government and we reject the intervention of the US and other capitalist powers in Venezuela,” the resolution said.

“We call on the Australian labour movement to express solidarity with workers in Venezuela and against fascist and violent gangs. We call on the Australian government to dissociate itself with the US intervention and to work towards a peaceful resolution to this crisis in Venezuela.”

A day earlier, the Sydney branch of the Maritime Union of Australia resolved to “pledge our resolute solidarity with the people of Venezuela and their Bolivarian Revolution”.

“The MUA Sydney branch resolves … to reject the intervention of the US and other capitalist powers in Venezuela,” the resolution said. “To oppose the attacks by violent, fascist gangs of the right-wing opposition in that country.

“To call on the Australian labour movement to express solidarity with the Venezuelan people, and against right-wing attacks on Venezuelan democracy.

“To call on the government and parliament of Australia to dissociate itself from US intervention in Venezuela’s internal affairs, and to express full support for a peaceful resolution of the current crisis in Venezuela.”

Some people never learn. Of course it’s nice to be expressing solidarity with socialism without actually having to experience it first hand. Though I suspect that my CFMEU mates would fit in very well in the Chavista regime.

The problem is no one is actually intervening in Venezuela, and the once prosperous country is going to hell in an otherwise empty hand basket.

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