Oil Worker Dismissals at PDVSA Climb to 9,000

According to PDVSA spokesman, Rafael Gomez, approximately 9,000 employees have been sacked from the state-owned oil company. PDVSA employed approximately 37,000 people before the strike began last December. The spokesman said this number is comprised of adding all the dismissal up across all different departments throughout the country. Mr. Gomez also stated that is was unlikely that the government would rehire any of the fired employees under a general pardon.

President Chavez has said he would overhaul the company. He has already divided the company into two different entities and has cut much of the administrative staff at its Caracas headquarters.