Chavez made his first live public appearance since April 13, to announce the reforms prior to a return to Cuba for more cancer radiation therapy.
Despite his health and significant limitations to his campaign for the October 7th presidential election the polls show he is well ahead of his nearest rival.
The changes to the labour laws include an extension of maternity and paternity leave, a four-hour reduction in the work week and greater severance benefits. This is in addition to a significant increase in the minimum wage announced last month. Chavez said of the reforms:
“We have a law which will go down in history. That history...tells us that the triumph of the people, of the workers, has never come about without a long process of resistance, of struggle, suffering even. This law, which I will have the honour of signing...is the product of a long process of struggle,”
Report from Al Jazeera Below: