Workers at Guayana’s Basic Industries Resign en Masse

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Las industrias básicas, Ciudad Guayana’s basic industries, used to be the backbone of the city’s economy. Scoring a job there used to be a privilege. Now they can’t keep the workers because they don’t pay enough to eat.

“My department is getting empty” a worker at Bauxilum said to me. “Even chavistas who used to say they would never leave, are leaving.”

Bauxilum (which converts bauxite into alumina) hasn’t been working for months. It’s not only that they don’t have raw materials to work with, or that the plant has fallen apart for lack of maintenance; now a gazillion workers are deserting.

Their treasury department is so understaffed that they have three people doing the work of 15. Employees don’t resign, they go on vacation and never come back, so they can return to their jobs in case they don’t do well abroad.

“It’s fashionable now, and everyone speaks about it as if it’s normal,” the source at Bauxilum tells me.

It’s not only that they don’t have raw materials to work with, or that the plant has fallen apart for lack of maintenance; now a gazillion workers are deserting.

Another trick is to ask for a leave of absence and extend it by submitting (often falsified) medical reports. This is so common that the company has gotten really strict. At Bauxilum, “they’re doing investigations as if they were the FBI. They investigate employees, doctors, everyone.”

If you get enough consecutive medical reports to prove your case, you can apply for “incapacitation”, a long and burdensome process where you have to demonstrate you can’t return to the workplace because of a medical condition. If you pull it off, you can get paid your salary without going to work. That’s ideal if you want to emigrate and leave your family with a steady income. Workers often joke that the best thing that can happen to you is get a stroke or something to get that sweet incapacitation, even if you don’t leave Venezuela.

In some departments, to fill in the void, workers have to go extra hours (even a paralyzed company needs accounting). Some managers recognize the extra hours and that’s an important source of income, but it’s not uncommon for the company to delay payments of even regular salaries and bonuses.

Many departments are understaffed, but the company’s payroll grows. Mafias of the working unions are known to give jobs to underqualified family members, friends or anyone who pays them. Some of these apply for leave on day one. Managers can also get their own people in, resulting in some areas having too many employees, all under-qualified. You see offices being barely occupied for most of the day, until office hours are over and 20 cleaners show up to polish unused desks.

Some managers recognize the extra hours, but it’s not uncommon for the company to delay payments of even regular salaries and bonuses.

Probably, the basic industry in best shape is Ferrominera (which extracts iron). They pay on time and they have paid all of the bonuses and raises Maduro comes up with. That doesn’t make them safe from mass resignations, though: this year, 32 people have resigned, 11 in March.

“Every time a person goes on vacation, you don’t know if they’re coming back,” a source at Ferrominera told me. Managers must track employees supposed to return from vacation to make sure they’re still on the job.

The company is empty for other reasons, too: their transport hasn’t worked for months, so employees just stay home. Wages are so low that workers don’t even bother to find alternatives, as a cab trip can easily set them back two weeks’ worth of payment. Public transport is unusable, and most employees with cars prefer to keep them parked, because of the high cost of parts and reparations.

The rest of the industries, like CVG, Alcasa, Sidor and Venalum are just as bad, and there’s no stopping it, because PDVSA, the company that prevents them from shutting down, is suffering from mass resignations too.

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49 COMMENTS

  1. It surprises me that people in Venezuela have not yet realised that the root cause of all this is the left-wing mindset that later turned back chavismo. I remember about 20 years ago at university I got a lift -I was hitchhiking- to go to USB ( Universidad Simón Bolívar, Baruta) and a businessman gave me a lift. He said the problem we have here is that Venezuela has never had a true centre-right party but all AD, COPEI and others had the same twisted work ethic and view of personal responsibility. Look at Colombia (we got our close family to move there), where workers can be depended upon to do their work and have developed a strong work ethic. Until and unless the majority of the population cursus Travis, Travis Moore and socialism, there will be no hope of improvement for Venezuela. until and unless the majority of the population curses Chavez, chavismo and socialism, there will be no hope of improvement for Venezuela. Until then, chavistas can sign “Me Fui” all they want and blame Maduro but the root of the problem is in Venezuelans’ way of thinking.

    • 50 years of brainwashing.

      Which could be easily reverted by 5-6 years of anti-chavista propaganda blared through the media 24/7.

  2. “The rest of the industries, like CVG, Alcasa, Sidor and Venalum are just as bad, and there’s no stopping it, because PDVSA, the company that prevents them from shutting down, is suffering from mass resignations too.”

    Part of the sinister Castro-Chavista Master Plan, working to perfection. Another big victory for the Genocidal Narco-Tyranny. Destroy all industries, kick everyone out of the country, except for complicit Enchufados and Chavistoide crooks. Steal as much as possible, get rich fast and control whatever’s left of the economy. Wait for BILLIONS of US$ or Euros to come back in Remesas, while having 5 million less people to feed or repress. Garantee more “votes” from the remaining, dependent zombie population. Stay in power forever.

    Final phase of the Complete Cubanization of Kleptozuela is almost done. Excellent job by the Chavista Mega-Thieves Gang. PDVSA and all other industries will be utterly useless and/or totally sold out to Cuba, Russia and others real soon. Precisely as planned.

    The focus now is to continue expanding the much more lucrative Drug Trade. Pays cash, easy money to launder, much easier to grow and control, no complicated maintenance or spare parts required. And continue to blame every misery or alleged “human crisis” on the Imperial Economic War.

    Expect many more decades of Kleptozuelan Hell, Cuban Style. Great job, plan perfectly executed.

    • “Wait for BILLIONS of US$ or Euros to come back in Remesas”

      I don’t know how you send your remesas but I’m pretty sure you do it the same way I do, via an bank account outside of VZ.

    • “Wait for BILLIONS of US$ or Euros to come back in Remesas,”

      chabistas are so idiotic and imbeciles that they’re trying to steal ALL the remittances now, because they can’t stand the idea of people eating 3 times a day.

      Because they think they can simply kill anybody who dares to protest while their collaborators keep screeching that “everybody who protests wants a coup and a mountain of corpses”

  3. So, “Workers At Guyana’s Basic Industries Resign En Masse”, which is actually a good thing, since they were producing nothing/next-to-nothing anyway, and, even in the best of times, the Industries were hemorrhaging money if inputs (water/electricity/ political over-staffing), not to mention massive corruption, were properly accounted for–tens and tens of $billions of cost to the Nation vs. importing the same finished product, even if from as far away as Japan/China.

    • Never underestimate Kleptozuelan “viveza criolla”:

      “Employees don’t resign, they go on vacation and never come back, so they can return to their jobs in case they don’t do well abroad. “It’s fashionable now, and everyone speaks about it as if it’s normal,” the source at Bauxilum tells me. Another trick is to ask for a leave of absence and extend it by submitting (often falsified) medical reports.”

      “If you get enough consecutive medical reports to prove your case, you can apply for “incapacitation”, a long and burdensome process where you have to demonstrate you can’t return to the workplace because of a medical condition. If you pull it off, you can get paid your salary without going to work. That’s ideal if you want to emigrate and leave your family with a steady income. Workers often joke that the best thing that can happen to you is get a stroke or something to get that sweet incapacitation, even if you don’t leave KleptoCubazuela.”

      That plus “Ley de inamovilidad laboral”: it’s absurdly expensive to fire the tropical leeches.

      • “That plus “Ley de inamovilidad laboral”: it’s absurdly expensive to fire the tropical leeches.”

        Only when they are plugged to the chabizta latrine.

        If you’re not championed by an enchufado, you can be fired at any time at the employer’s whim and even be imprisoned.

        The ONLY ones that enjoy the “bibeza crioya” are the chabestia leeches, ONLY THEM.

        NO OPPOS are “protected by the socialist apparatus”, NO ONE.

        • Case in point, when the government expropriated agroisleña they fired everyone. I think the rationale behind it was something along the lines that they didn’t actually fire everyone, but that agroisleña was closed down, and then they “made” agropatria. They make the law but are the first ones trying to avoid it.

        • “The ONLY ones that enjoy the “bibeza crioya” are the chabestia leeches, ONLY THEM.”

          Keep believing that, and keep wondering why Venezuela doesn’t climb out of the hole, no matter how many regime changes take place.

          • No person that truly opposes chavismo accepts the “bibeza crioya” in any way, they outright despise it like the pile of manure it is.

            Those who are “biboz crioyoz”? Those are closet chavistas.

            “and keep wondering why Venezuela doesn’t climb out of the hole…”

            That’s because the so-called “opposition leadership” repeatedly stabbed people in the back time and again.

          • Are you really going with “no true Scotsman” here? Really?

            Almost 20 years, and you’ve learned nothing. Por eso estamos como estamos, y asi nos quedaremos.

          • No, no “no true scotsman”.

            chavismo is the gubmint of the “bibeza crioya”, thus ALL of its followers MUST be chavistas too (Even if they deny it) and EVERY SINGLE PERSON that TRULY opposes chavismo is a true venezuelan patriot.

            Call me a die-hard if you want, all my life I’ve lived by the motto of “don’t call it ‘viveza criolla’, call it ‘ser un mamagüevo'”, which is the principle and idea that basically EVERY HONEST PERSON IN THE WORLD has.

            Because the “bibeza crioya” is just an euphemism for “criminal piece of shit”, an euphemism used by the commie-infiltrated gubmints in Venezuela during the 4th to justify their corruption and to put criminals in a pedestal.

            And as good children of the 4th, the chavista gangrene has become its perfected form at power, the ultimate gubmint of the “bibeza crioya”.

            You’re the one who’s learned nothing, still with that silly thought that “everybody but shiabbe and mabobo are guilty! #AquiNoSeHablaMalDeMiShiaaaaabbbeeeeee

          • And there we go. Accusing me of defending Chavez and Maduro when I’ve done no such thing. Do you and Ira have a script you share when someone calls you out?

            I AM telling you, and will keep telling you, that many who swear they’re anti-chavistas, including some you hold in high esteem, are just as complicit, and will continue being so. Your black-and-white thinking will get you nowhere.

          • “…have a script…”

            The one who’s got a script is you, you claims that fallacy of “everybody in Venezuela is rotten and thus they deserve chavismo forever!” which is exactly “defending shiabbe and mabobo”

            “…some you hold in high esteem…”

            You’re dead wrong there, I have ZERO esteem for any chabizta crawler.

            “Your black-and-white thinking will get you nowhere.”

            And your “grey-and-grey” thinking is what brought Venezuela to its state today, because the “let’s extolt bibeza crioya” idiocy is what drove Venezuela straight to chavismo’s (and for extension, castro-communism)’s clutches.

            The black and white thinking is the only thing that will ensure any chance of having a future for Venezuela, because it takes a black and white thinking to go for the throat of every enchufado bastard who has collaborated directly or indirectly in the destruction of Venezuela, the “grey-and-grey” thinking will think into accepting “pragmatic” garbage such as henri falsón, MRT or luisa ortega, when truth is that they MUST pay for their crimes.

            I don’t care what those lousy “base chavistas” think, as long as they support chavismo, they’re obstacles, they will only be redeemed when they publicly and honestly reject chavismo with their actions and acknowledge it was a mistake and a swindle.

  4. There may be a silver lining to this catastrophe , after WWII most industries were destoyed by the war so when it came time to rebuild they started clean from scratch and were able to build new better organized and modern industries causing the european miracle to happen ……, some of them became more competitive than US factories that just went on operating as before , Rebuilding the industries was the work of the Marshall Plan , with much less money than people thought would be needed but carefully targeted and prioritized , the marchall plan was run by a tiny group of experts some 40 to 50 in number. I think that some people are already thinking in terms of having a kind of marshall plan ready for when a regime change makes it possible , Senator Marco Rubio has mentioned it as has the Colombian government and others……Much easier to start from a clean slate that from having to repair a half ruined operation … the latter is a dirty difficult job , starting from zero or close to zero much easier and doable…!!

    • like the “Boy’s from Chicago” did in Chile after Pinochet hired them to straighten there economy (three of them got the Noble Prize later). But Chile has always had a strong work ethic (not like KleptoCubazuela)

    • Bill Bass, I am a bit more skeptical than you re your faith in a Marshall like Plan for Venezuela. Money no doubt is always important but money alone, even if administered by experts will fail. My reference point is Washington DC and its public school system. It is incredibly well funded, in excess of surrounding suburban school systems but the results haven’t changed. Corruption and indifference from the politiicians, school administrators and teacher unions is unending. It is treated like a huge honey pot and everyone gets some honey except for the students who graduate high school with little or no literacy skills. When things fail spectacularly in countries money without a fundamental cultural mind set change will not do the trick.. In the District of Columbia no change has occurred because our federal government continues to throw money at the problem. Venezuela has perhaps a similar problem with the PDVSA and its corruption. The belief that your government can provide for all of its citizens needs from your abundant oil fields kills motivation. Nothing good happens when people are not motivated to work. I know it is old fashioned but we were born to struggle.

      • Too true Bill Crispín, to the point that the new chancellor got canned because he cheated to get his kids in the school he wanted and not the one they should have gone to based on where he lived.

        DC reminds me so much of Caracas, and by that I mean the “local government ethic” part. Mostly no ethics, that is.

      • totally agree that rehabilitation of the Venezuelan economy will require much more than the infussion of money , my own idea is that teams per field of expertise must be created for every area needing help with lots of support from non politized professional or commercial organizations . I mentioned the Marshall Plan because money will be needed at a first stage and how you distribute the money among those independent expert teams or organizations will require some coordination and planning , my own take is you dont have to depend on huge beaurocracies to get things done as the marshall plan showed but at a stage where the money has to get spent I would not go thru the traditional bureaucratic bodies or interests groups that have traditionally operated in Venezuela but create areas of experts to get the job done with a minimum of personnel ….., I am not enthusiastic of creating a large international bureaucracy to handle the resourcs needed to get Venezuela back on its feet but to keep the size small and the organizations highly focused on seeking and achieving concrete measurable results subject to external auditing.

      • “I know it is old fashioned but we were born to struggle.”

        For the record, there’s a whole lotta strugglin’ going on down here right now. LOL

        John, in case you read this, I saw an angel today. Crystal. She’s at 9.5 kilos and eating like crazy. You’ll soon have some pics of her.

          • What Robert N said, best of wishes for her continued “growth”. She sounds like an unreal fighter.

          • Thanks guys. After almost 2 full months in intensive care, they finally released her so she could return home. The child is incredible and such an inspiration to everyone who knows her.

            IIRC, she needs to get to 12 kilos or so before she can have her kidney transplant from her mother.

            I don’t know if you guys saw my comment during the last week or two. The doctors had told her parents to prepare for the worst as they didn’t think she’d survive long after her surgery, if she even made it out of surgery. I finally saw a pic of her before her surgery and understood why they said what they said. She looked like she was about to take her last breath.

            Right now it feels like nothing but a miracle that she’s still alive. I’m on cloud 9. Thanks everyone for thoughts, prayers, positive vibs.

        • MRubio
          That is wonderful. I look forward to them.
          Prayers work! Crystal is mine and my family’s every day.
          As soon as her parents send me the list of what they need, I’ll start working on it.
          Vicky has seeds for them to take to you also.

  5. “Police in Venezuela attacked patients and doctors protesting outside the country’s Health Ministry in Caracas on Wednesday, marking the latest incident of police brutality in the failed socialist state.
    According to the Latin America Herald Tribune, protesters were shouting genocidas – “genocide perpetrators” – over the current collapse of the country’s health system. They also demanded a meeting with Health Minister Luis López, who refused to attend.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/04/20/venezuela-police-attack-patients-doctors-at-hospital-shortages-protest/

    Situation normal it would appear.

  6. I am thinking that if the regime members were suddenly “gone” by whatever means and opposition leaders were installed then the billions of dollars sent as aid to Venezuela would just be viewed as fresh meat for the new government leaders and the looting, graft, and corruption would just continue with the influx of new billions.

  7. So it is governed! It is the only thing that can be said to those parasites that have been sucking our blood during the so-and-so revolution.

  8. I remember working in Venalum almost 30 yrs ago. Salaries were really low, I was making US$200 a month as a engineer right out of college. There were probably twice many employees than required, and money was wasted left and right. The only ones making money were past employees that were “contratistas”. The best thing that happen to me was the Venalum experience which pushed me to go abroad back then.

    • Someone fresh out college nowadays wouldn’t be making nowhere close to $200/mo. As I undesrtand, today making $10/mo for someone just graduating would be a rather high salary. So, like Davy Jones said above: “They pretend to pay us so we pretend to work.” — anonymous soviet laborer

        • “Yes, but the Constitution of the USA also guarantees freedom after the speech.”

          Not if the US left has its way. They envy the “hate speech” law in Venezuela. If only they could outlaw speech that they hate. Cnucklehead would love it. Only thoughtful books, like the Quran and the Anarchist Cookbook, will be allowed. Rest will be burned. A great leap forward for non-gender organisms kind.

  9. It would be fine to note the other side of this “absenten-cism” and “we get paid to not to work”:

    People leaving their workplaces at the “socialist father-gubmint” are subjected to even tossed to jail for “high treason”

    • The soviets frequently claimed 100% employment because being unemployed was illegal (not a joke). I hope that doesn’t give the chavistas any ideas.

    • Woot! We have that here in the United States. It’s called CRP. Uncle Sam pays owners of tillable land to not plant.

      https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/conservation-reserve-program/

      I don’t get paid to do nothing with land that I wouldn’t do nothing with no-way. (how many double negatives is that?) I purchased some marginal land (for pheasant, deer hunting) many years ago from a farmer who was retiring. I was approached by the USDA to see if I was interested in putting that land into CRP.

      “Free money” for doing nothing*. Only in America. By God, Uncle loves to piss away the taxpayers money.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~

      *It’s a wash. I get taxed at an outrageous rate for this land. I actually don’t see a check, as it is more like a tax write down than anything else. But Uncle likes to spin it like He is being benevolent with the wealth He has confiscated from me. I guess I should appreciate Him more?

      • Well, if you made the land to produce something, then that would have covered the taxes.

        That would actually be an idea to get rid of idle lands in Venezuela, because there’s absolutely no tax to properties in that country (Mostly because the ones with the most properties are often the enchufados)

        • Absolutely.

          The problem (as Uncle sees it) is that the US farmer is too efficient, and produces too much food. Ergo, in His wisdom, it is better for everyone if He pays (err… redistributes other peoples money) producers to not produce. The market cannot be allowed to do what it naturally does.

          First
          World
          Problems

          • Mmmm, I thought that could be solved by exporting that “surplus food”

            …So that thing I used to say was true after all, that “americans can die from many things, but starving to death won’t be one of them”

  10. Nothing new here. Communists/socialists are slavers. To each according to what fearless leader decides you need; and from each according to what fearless leader demands of you. The individual has no rights. This notion that socialism or communism can be “done right” to result in a higher standard of living for the majority is delusional. Productive people are not inclined to be slaves. Venny’s “basic industries” will continue to collapse, unless/until the workers acknowledge that they are slaves for the revolution. It’s what Hugo would have wanted.

    MRubio – that’s great news to hear about your granddaughter (my apologies if I got the relationship wrong). I hope it stays that way. Kidney transplant is common, but still a major surgery. I don’t know the situation as to where she is – I assume a private facility afforded due to her US granddad – but I may be all wrong. The news I read about Venny hospitals is not consistent with the excellent care she is getting.

  11. When the govt forgot that they needed to invest in order to provide for new power plants to supply the increased needs of the future and instead mispent the money in non productive ‘social projects’ which gave it instant popularity but did nothing to provide for the future and then had to face a power shortage crisis that might have left the big urban centers dark, as an emergency measure Chavez decided that the power guzzling CVG plants (including Venalu) had to inmmediately cut their operations to allow for the power they used to be sent to power the cities lights . This power cut was catastrophic to the Venalum plants hobbling their operability and destroying part of their infrastructure , when the crisis passed they had to make huge investments to put them back into normal operations and tried doing so using Chinese contractors to be paid via the Chinese fund , some how the money never made it and the project never got to repairing and estoring the destroyed productive capacity , this also affected the production of Bauxilum so that much of the bauxite needed by Venalum had to be imported from abroad at very high prices ……the whole bauxite aliminium industry could only operate at minimal capacity and then not at all ….so the labour problem is the result not just of bad labour policies but of gross minagement of the countrys resources at the highest levels ……going back to the first days of the regime …

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