Update: Workers at Curacao’s Venezuela-run refinery end brief strike
WILLEMSTAD – Workers at the Isla refinery operated by Venezuelan state-run oil firm PDVSA staged a brief strike on Wednesday to demand information about their job security, but the refinery and a worker said the labor action ended after a few hours.
The strike’s impact was set to be limited anyway, as the refinery has been working far below capacity due to insufficient deliveries of crude from Venezuela, where oil production has fallen.
Workers are requesting information about their job prospects after the refinery said it was considering offers from 15 companies interested in operating the facility to replace PDVSA.
A refinery spokesman said on Wednesday evening that the workers had staged a “small protest” rather than a strike and that all employees had returned to work after an afternoon meeting between the refinery’s director and several employees.
An employee confirmed that workers had decided to drop the strike after the meeting.
“We decided to return to work but our demands remain,” said the worker, asking to remain anonymous to avoid potentially harming his job.