Pdvsa imposes sanctions on 180 ex-workers charged with oil strike
Claims for compensation surpass USD 3.7 billion
Eddie Ramírez, a coordinator of NGO Gente del Petróleo, reported that the sanctions were disclosed on Monday. "Fines ranged from 550 to 990 tax units, and on account of redress, Pdvsa is requiring between USD 21.8 million and USD 29 million for the oil that could not be exported, the gasoline that had to be imported, and alleged unspecified damages to the corporate facilities," Ramírez broke down. Only the compensation imposed on Pdvsa ex-workers are about USD 3.7 billion, in addition to fines.
The outcome is that only five ex-workers were found not guilty for the losses alleged by the oil company.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.