After the collapse of the oil industry accomplished by the regime of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, users were not the only ones to suffer from the crisis generated in PDVSA. The employees of the state-owned company are suffering the consequences of the multi-million dollar robbery carried out by the dictatorship.
After years of surviving with insufficient salaries and pensions, and abuses by the company’s management, PDVSA workers and retirees in Anzoátegui, Carabobo, Falcón, Monagas and Zulia demanded better job conditions and security measures to prevent more deaths.
The oil workers also reported that they suffer constant mistreatment, persecution and humiliation by PDVSA managers.
PDVSA Falcón’s representative, Iván Freites, assured that collective compensation and labor rights have been systematically eliminated in the country.
“Here are the victims of the crisis, the victims of the terror of having subjected workers and retirees to miserable hunger wages,” said PDVSA Zulia representative Eudis Girot during the street protest.
For his part, Luis Días, a PDVSA Navy worker, said that the problem of low salaries is a crisis at the national level and that to eradicate it they must fight together against the regime.
The workers also demanded that the Attorney General’s Office process the complaints against Wills Rangel, president of the Unitary Federation of Oil Workers of Venezuela (Futpv), and former PDVSA president Manuel Quevedo, because they eliminated the subscription system for health coverage, which has caused the death of several employees.