The case of ice cream maker EFE is not unique. Since the new Labor Law (LOTTT) was approved last year, labor absenteeism in Venezuela has increased alarmingly.
A report in El Nacional shows that some companies are facing 46% of workers’ absenteeism. A recent survey of business leaders find 44% say labor absenteeism has worsened since LOTTT passed, and 50% say productivity has dropped.
Why? Because the LOTTT makes it virtually impossible for companies to fire a worker without his or her consent – so why bother turning up to work?
Labor Law expert and UCV professor Pedro Casale said: “The employer has no defense rights. There are few chances for a justified dismissal and this excessive protection has made absenteeism quite easy…”