Venezuela’s government has imposed a two day working week for public sector workers as it tries to overcome a serious energy crisis.
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Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz announced that people should only turn up for work on Mondays and Tuesdays until further notice.
Venezuela is facing a massive drought, which has reduced water levels at its main hydroelectric dam.
Isturiz’s announcement affects 2 million workers:
There will be no work in the public sector on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
President Nicola Maduro had already given more of Venezuela’s 2.8 million employees Fridays off during April and May.
We are requesting international help, technical and financial aid to help revert the situation. We are managing the situation in the best possible way while we wait for the rains to return.
A bit like those toilet breaks you take at work to kill a little time, only x 1000. Obviously some people are protesting:
Protests as Venezuela starts 2-day workweek to save power https://t.co/WocDzyJzcn pic.twitter.com/GefOF34qmc
— CTV News (@CTVNews) April 27, 2016
But of course despite all the free time you’d have, Venezuela is a really shit place to live right now. Inflation is on the rise, their currency is weak as fuck, and they’re dealing with blackout after blackout. Want to complain about the economy in your country? Imagine shutting down the entire nation for five days a week because your country needs to save electricity.
There’s also this matter to address:
It’s still officially unclear if Venezuelans will be paid for all five days of work or just two days.
Oof. I’d rather live in Iran and deal with the morality police.