What Happened: Venezuela's political opposition is reportedly courting labor unions at state energy company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to join their efforts to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, Argus Media reported May 3.
Why This Matters: Securing the support of key labor unions in the oil sector would give the opposition greater leverage in their push to oust Maduro, as they would have the power to further disrupt Venezuelan oil production and exports. However, convincing energy workers to join the opposition's side will be difficult following the failed uprising attempt on April 30.
Background: Opposition leader Juan Guaido previously pitched a plan to PDVSA employees in which he proposed increasing production from joint ventures in Venezuela's Orinoco Belt to raise the country's short-term oil production and exports.
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