Venezuela’s government workers can only report to work 2 days a week due to the water and power shortages. Socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s announcement came as the nation faces critical shortages in food, water, and electricity. Monday’s and Tuesdays will be the only days that government offices are open. This is not an idyllic situation for the working class. The workers 5 day weekends will be spent in food lines and searching for the necessities of like. This is your socialist dream at work in a nation near you.
As Written By Franz von Bergen & first appeared on FOX News:
Venezuela’s public workers get 5-day weekend, full salary, and extra time for food lines
After President Nicolas Maduro’s announcement that public offices in Venezuela will now open only Mondays and Tuesdays, many employees are saying they will use the time off to stand in the crawling food lines that have become a common sight throughout the country.
Employees will see no changes in their salary, Maduro said during the televised announcement.
Victor Urbaez, who works at the state-owned communications company Cantv, said he has mixed feelings about the new measures.
“Seventy percent of Cantv employees reject this decision,” Urbaez, who is a union member, told Fox News Latino. “We think it affects production and, even though we are getting paid, we will be unable to do the overtime work that increased our wages,” he said.
Most Venezuelans reacted with disbelief to the news of the two-day workweek, a new emergency measure looking to contain the growing energy crisis.
The only exception is public hospitals, which will keep working regular hours. Public schools will be closed on Fridays.
The water level at the nation’s largest dam has fallen to near its minimum operating level due to a severe two-year drought — Guri’s dam, outside Caracas, provides 70 percent of the electricity used in Venezuela.