Venezuela: Workers take over a Kellogg factory, now known as ‘Socialist Kellogg’

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      n May of 2018, the Kellogg bosses told the factory workers that they had the weekend off due to maintenance. When the workers arrived the following working day, they were shocked to see a large sign on the factory, “We closed operations in Venezuela.” The bosses didn’t notify them, in person, of the closure or that hundreds would lose their jobs. The workers also found out that the Kellogg had placed very little severance in their accounts, which didn’t fulfill their union contracts.

      “There was no reason for the company to close and leave because all the raw materials were produced in Venezuela, the corn and sugar, etc. The company even left a year’s worth of raw materials within the factory. They closed because of political reasons and not supporting the Maduro’ government. But they committed one mistake: Kellogg left the working class well trained,” says Orlando Contreras, the president of the factory’s union. The workers and the union hit the ground running to organize so the factory could stay open and the workers wouldn’t lose their jobs.

      “The participation of the union was immediate after the factory closed. We called all the workers to tell them what was happening. Then, we made contact with the Confederation of Workers and the state government to receive support in figuring out the steps to reopen the company. The Ministry of Labor helped the workers with contacting the rest of the governmental agencies, the Attorney General and the Defense of the People agency, to gain control of the company,” said Orlando. A longtime worker and the new factory president Milton Torres says, “It was through the union and the union workers that it was possible to take over the factory. They knew how all the machines worked and how to make quality products.”

      “Thanks to us being trained and well-organized, all of us workers reopened the factory and put it into production. We took over the factory to protect the rights of the workers. We enforce the food policies inside our homeland of Simone Bolivar and Chavez. Now, Kellogg’s company here is a socialist enterprise. The basic principles of our socialist enterprise are to dignify the work of our working class, increase the levels of production, guarantee that the equipment is highly maintained, produce good quality products, in a fair price and to be a self-sustainable company to contribute to the economic development of the country,” says Orlando Contreras, beaming with pride.

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      That’s rather generous.  Why trust capitalists who ran out on you once before?

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

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      ….not to buy corn or other cereal ingredients from GMO FrankenFood corporations. If they managed to pull that off “Socialist Kellogg” would probably sell in the US about as well as Mexican Coca-Cola.

      Of course anybody who has ever bought MexiCoke knows how overpriced it is, so by the same token, be prepared to pay $6 for that box of non-mutant Frosted Flakes.

      Socialism is GRRRRRRREAAAAAT!!

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

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