Venezuela Prolongs Two-Day Workweek

As recently reported by Reuters, Venezuela is in the middle of an energy crisis that threatens the economic and political stability of the country. Venezuela relies on hydro-electricity to power up most of the country, so a drought of the magnitude that the country is currently experiencing is a serious problem. There have been food and medicine shortages throughout the country with little hope of improvement in the near future.
As a way of curtailing energy use and trying to conserve resources, the government of Venezuela instituted a two-day workweek for government sector employees starting in March. Given that the situation has not improved, the government is now extending the two-day workweek for the public sector for an additional two weeks. This affects about 2.8 million employees in Venezuela. Expert Manuel Gonzalez sees mounting concerns over how these employees will afford to feed themselves and their families with the burden of more austerity measures from the national government. President Maduro has been the subject of widespread criticism for his failure to adequately address this situation and restore calm to the country. Critics of President Maduro say that the austerity measures are not enough to have a real impact on the energy usage in the country. His critics also lament that these austerity measures only serve to deepen the economic recession that is plaguing the country right now. There are reports from Linked In people clamoring for a more long term solution.

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