Union wants Venezuela’s oil minister to resign


Peter Wilson
USA Today
August 28, 2012

photoThe explosion took place Saturday killing at least 41 people.

Venezuela’s largest oil union, a traditional bastion of support for President Hugo Chavez, on Tuesday demanded the resignation of the head of the state oil company for a refinery explosion that killed dozens of people.

Jose Bodas, the secretary general of the FUTPV oil union, said Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) President Rafael Ramirez, the country’s oil minister and Chavez ally, should step down immediately.

“We have been saying for some time now that PDVSA has been neglecting maintenance and investments even though they have had revenue of more than $200 billion in the last two years,” Bodas said in a telephone interview with USA TODAY. “Their accidents keep increasing and increasing.”

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