Venezuelan strikers close halliburton plant
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Aug. 11, 2003, 11:20PM
Venezuelan strikers close Halliburton Baroid plant
Knight Ridder Tribune
Venezuelan strikers have shut down a Baroid drilling fluids plant, a part of Houston-based Halliburton, in a dispute over back wages and failure to reach a new contract. Halliburton called it an illegal work stoppage that it is trying to resolve through the Venezuelan judicial system.
"We are also working through the legal institutions of Venezuela to bring an end to the illegal blockage of our service facilities," the company said in a prepared statement. Forty-two people are involved out of 800 employees that it has in all of Venezuela, said spokeswoman Wendy Hall.
No back wages are owed because there is no agreement in place, Halliburton added. The oil industry was rocked by strikes earlier this year in an unsuccessful effort to force President Hugo Chavez out of office.