Venezuela's aluminum industry operates at 29% of capacity
Aluminum makers Venalum and Alcasa operate hardly with two production lines
The current number of operative cells slightly represents two out of seven production lines.
The operating problems are due to unsolved shortages of spare parts and raw material. Moreover, nearly 40% of personnel is absent amid poor transportation. In CVG Alcasa, low availability of cranes is accountable for production decline.
Henry Arias, the secretary general of the Trade Union of Venezuela's aluminum company CVG Alcasa (Sintralcasa) recently denounced that 15 executives of the industry were given a rise (109%) although there have been no adjustments in the salaries of 3,000 workers who have been hit by the delayed renewal of their contracts and the loss of benefits.
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.