Chavez: Emergency if Workers Strike
Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002
CARACAS, Venezuela –– President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he will declare a state of emergency if workers at the state-owned oil monopoly try to paralyze production of Venezuela's top export.
Chavez accused opposition labor and political leaders of sowing discontent at Petroleos de Venezuela SA and said he had a contingency plan ready should workers and management at the company go on strike. He didn't elaborate on the plan, but the government has said it could send troops in to operate the company. MORE