INTERNATIONAL: Venezuela faces beer drought after brewery closures

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INTERNATIONAL: Venezuela faces beer drought after brewery closures
Union members of Polar's beer factory have taken part in a demonstration in Caracas.
Union members of Polar’s beer factory have taken part in a demonstration in Caracas.

BBC NEWS  – Venezuela is facing the prospect of a national beer shortage because of striking workers at two breweries.

Unions linked to President Nicolas Maduro have forced the closure over a pay dispute with the brewer Polar.

The company makes up to 80% of Venezuela’s beer. Half of their breweries are now shut, with others already running at reduced capacity.

For the past years there have been shortages of milk, toilet paper and medicines in Venezuela.

In previous disputes, the government has threatened to nationalise Polar.

Workers are striking at Polar’s breweries in Caracas and Anzoategui state, as well as at 16 distribution centres.

The striking unions say that pay is at the heart of the dispute.

“They’ve delayed our collective contract for over 20 months, and the company refuses to recognise our union,” spokesman Jose Rojas told Reuters news agency.

Venezuela has strict controls on the cost of food and hygiene products to guarantee that the poor can afford basic goods. However, some analysts say that these controls contribute to food and material shortages.

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  1. WE WILL SEND THEM OUR PITON BEER IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS LIKE GASOLINE,DIESEL AND LPG. A FAIR EXCHANGE IS NO ROBBERY.

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  2. Politicians always look to blame somebody for their own failures. They always profess to know and can do it all. When they are then given a chance we either do not hear from them or they pass the buck. Did we elect a government to be silent on Grynberg, Lambirds and the state of the Judiciary?

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  3. What are they going to do, nationalize everything? Could they also nationalize the brothels? How is a business expected to function if the Government has no power to create a conducive economic climate? So what are they going to do blame the businesses for not performing and being in a position to pay its workers? Thats idiotic, may be the same thing which is happeneing in St. Lucia where Government blame businesses for bad management while the Government itself has the countries performing at a negative growth. Tell me what can be gained from a negative?

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