PdVSA is also state owned and contributes $ 1,4 billion last year to social projects of the Venezuelan president Maduro.
The Venozolean company PdVSA that exploits the refinery ISLA can count on many friends in Curacao. Yesterday many employees of the PdVSA protested in front of the court house to show their support for theISLA. In the court the judge was asked to rule
against the 75 million claim on the ISLA by organisation SMOC, foundation for clean air in Curacao. The organisation states that in 2013 independent research shows that ISLA has polluted more than allowed and has to pay the agreed fine.
for the court was not only backed by the state owned company ISLA, landlord of PdVSA, but also by the Curacao government and the highest representation of the country. Outside the employees were waving Curacao flags and singing the national anthem.
protesters insist on the importance of the ISLA company for Curacao (now 4-6% GDP). Allthough profits of the venezolean state company (100- 250 million AG p/y) go to Venezuela, they pay 20 million AG rent per year and the wages of the 1000 people working there,
largely coming form Curacao. This is 1,3% of the working force.