Published On: Wed, Jul 3rd, 2013

MAN, PAR and MFK wants meeting on future of oil refinery

ParliamentWILLEMSTAD – This week the parliamentary factions of MAN, PAR and MFK have sent a letter to the President of Parliament with the petition to call a public meeting on the future of the oil refinery. In their letter the factions indicated that on June 26 of this year, Parliament has deliberated with the unions representing the refinery employees and also the management of the company. On different occasions, members of Parliament have urged the Government to make concrete decisions on the refinery before the contract with the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA expires in 2019.

During the Central Committee meeting, the unions have shown that the government must make a decision now on the future of the refinery seeing the fact that 2019 is just around the corner and that there are investments of about three billion guilders which is necessary to modernize the refinery and make it a clean which is important for the environment. The unions have indicated that they cannot continue with the insecurity they are facing. For that reason, they are requesting a public meeting to take place as soon as possible.

Nowadays, refinery employees can’t even request a loan at financial institutions because of the uncertainty.  That is why it is important for the government to explain their plans on the refinery so that parliament can take a position on this issue. For this meeting the factions would like to invite the Minister of General Affairs, Ivar Asjes, who is responsible for the Curacao Oil Refinery (Public Company), Minister of Health and Environment, Ben Whiteman and also the Minister of Economic Development, Stanley Palm.

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