Fines meted out to ex Pdvsa workers for damages in 2002-2003 oil strike
Each one of the 16 former workers will have to pay between USD 20.93 million and USD 26.74 million
Lawyer Gonzalo Himiob Santomé, who represents a group of ex oil workers under investigation, informed that 16 ex Pdvsa workers would be fined for their involvement in the oil strike. Only one ex worker was acquitted.
The fines to be paid by each former Pdvsa worker range between USD 20.93 million and USD 26.74 million.
In sum, 27 ex Pdvsa workers will be punished for damages to the nation following the oil strike, as additional 11 ex workers were fined on Thursday, October 18 for up to USD 27.67 million, to repair damages in oil facilities.
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."