The B u l l e t
Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 374
June 21, 2010
Workers’ Control and the Contradictions of the Bolivarian Process
An Interview with Gustavo Martínez
Susan Spronk and Jeffery R. Webber
On June 10, 2010 we caught up with Gustavo Martinez, a union leader in the worker-controlled, nationalized coffee company, Fama de América, in Caracas, Venezuela. The company has 350 workers at the national level, with two separate plants – one in Caracas and one in Valencia. We sat down with Martínez to discuss the centrality of workers’ control in the ongoing struggle to transition toward socialism and some of the most pressing contradictions of the Bolivarian process in Venezuela today.