“3000 guilders per contract worker is not logical”
WILLEMSTAD - "There were never any agreements on payments after the expiry of the collective agreement of the oil refinery contractors in 2012. The fact that they want 3,000 guilders at once to compensate for the collective agreement-free period is not as logical as they think it is,” said the chairman of the contractors association (AAV) Mike Willem.
“We do want to compensate the employees, but more than 500 guilders per person we cannot afford.”
Willem said that there is a collective agreement agreed upon for 2017 and 2018 with the union representing the contract workers SGTK. It took the parties three years to achieve this agreement.
The contractor association asked PdVSA to be part of the negotiations of the collective agreement. “We have to, because if they do not want to pay more, then it stops. They ultimately pay my members when granting projects.”
Tuesday afternoon, a delegation of contractors met with PdVSA to see if they can do something about the situation. “But they said no, it’s not possible,” said Willem.
As a result, the companies of the AAV are not operating right now and the maintenance of the refinery is down. “With the few people they have walking around there they can do no maintenance.” The strike of the contract workers who work at the oil refinery premises through the contractors is now entering its third week.
Some contractors are in trouble because it’s time to pay taxes and premiums, but no money is coming in.
By Dick Drayer