Venezuela's aluminum industry operates at 29% of capacity
Aluminum makers Venalum and Alcasa operate hardly with two production lines
The current number of operative cells slightly represents two out of seven production lines.
The operating problems are due to unsolved shortages of spare parts and raw material. Moreover, nearly 40% of personnel is absent amid poor transportation. In CVG Alcasa, low availability of cranes is accountable for production decline.
Henry Arias, the secretary general of the Trade Union of Venezuela's aluminum company CVG Alcasa (Sintralcasa) recently denounced that 15 executives of the industry were given a rise (109%) although there have been no adjustments in the salaries of 3,000 workers who have been hit by the delayed renewal of their contracts and the loss of benefits.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."