More Stellar Stability & Economic News From Aruba … Valero Union Employees On Strike


Valero employees have been on strike in Aruba since 6:00 AM on Tuesday in Aruba. Now Valero 1management says, they will not reopen negotiations … “Our last offer is the best and is definite.” Just another sign of more stability and an inaction of compromise. No matter what management says, the production of a refinery is never 100% operational and functional without the 375 union members on strike, otherwise why would they be employed in the first place.

Amigoe; November 30, 2006: Impasse with strike Valero

Some of the strikers that gathered at the main entrance of Valero in San Nicolas.

ORANJESTAD – Management of Valero says that the strike that is going on since 06:00 on Tuesday will not help reopening the negotiations again.  “Our last offer is the best and is definite”, says spokesperson David Smith. 

On behalf of management, Smith indicated that he does not understand why the strikers have rejected this offer.  He assumes that this is not really the case.  Of the approximately 375 union members, he says that 15 to 20 were working on Tuesday, and they had indicated not having been consulted about the offer, which remains good till 2011 and has a 1000-florin bonus per year, an annual salary increase between the 4 to 6 percent, an improvement of the pensions and the end of the year payment, and several secondary terms of employment. 

According to management, Valero is one of the best paying employers in Aruba.  That the salaries here are lower than those in the US has to do with the higher living standard over there.    We relate the salaries of our people to the cost of living in the region in question.  The salaries of our employees in the different parts of the US are not everywhere the same”, says Smith. 

Valero’s salaries are never related to production- or profit figures.  That’s irrelevant when it comes to determining the salary level.  That the refinery in San Nicolas had excellent production in 2005 does not mean that it has to be involved with the proposals for the CAO.

Giving such short notice about going on strike was not nice of the union.  “We had a gentlemen’s agreement that we would be notifies 72 hours in advance so we can take measures to secure the production and safety.  The union gave us notice of the strike 6 hours in advance.”

We didn’t have any trouble with continuing the production, and this is because right when Valero had started negotiating the CAO, the company had started training her staff-members to do operational functions, in order to take over in case of a strike.    

Valero had approached all the union-members yesterday to tell them exactly what the new offer implies exactly.  He expects that once it becomes clear what the benefits of the new CAO are for the employees, the strike will come to an end soon.  Till then, Valero can safely continue with production, thanks to well-trained staff members. 

Union-leader Johannes Anthony stands firm.  He denies not having consulted the members.   “We deliberated on Monday evening.  And the fact that about 97 percent of our members are outside the gate, shows our unanimity in rejecting the proposal.”  He says that he and his members will sustain the strike as long as necessary, until he gets management at the table again. 

Smith said that the strike will not have influence on the availability of fuel in Aruba.  The refinery runs on her normal capacity.  Besides, Valero San Nicolas does not produce and deliver gas or kerosene.  Nevertheless, there were long lines at the gas stations around noon yesterday.

Posted November 30, 2006 by
Aruba, Business, Economy, Energy | 14 comments

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  • Comments

    14 Responses to “More Stellar Stability & Economic News From Aruba … Valero Union Employees On Strike”

    1. Robots on November 30th, 2006 12:51 pm

      toilet island strikes again

    2. dennisintn on November 30th, 2006 1:01 pm

      aruba can strike and protest everything except justice for natalee. aruba just doesn’t get it, and probably never will.

    3. Richard on November 30th, 2006 1:26 pm

      The way things are going on Aruba, I imagine they could get lots of replacement workers.

    4. Richard on November 30th, 2006 1:28 pm

      More good news in the article … long lines around the gasoline stations. Another thing that might peeve some tourists … and hey, maybe JetBlue won’t be able to get fuel for those two discount flights it now runs weekly.

    5. Carpe Noctem on November 30th, 2006 1:39 pm




      At some point you and Natalee separated according to you is that right?

      Joran van der Sloot: Yes.

      Interviewer: How did that come about?

      Joran van der Sloot: Well, I mean I had… I had to go to school the next day. I was close to my exams to do my final exams and, you know, the bus was picking me up at six forty a m I mean I had to go home and I didn’t want my dad to go into my room and see I’m not there or anything like that, so I mean I had to go home. So, yes, at one point I told her, you know, it’s time to go back to your hotel and she was just like, “No, let’s stay here. ***Let’s look at the stars.”***

      JORAN 6/14/2005 ALE STATEMENT

      After that we walked in the direction of Fisherman’s Huts/ On the way there I told Natalee that the stars were beautiful. ***Natalee told me that there were no stars.***

    6. super dave on November 30th, 2006 1:58 pm

      just like the Pharoah in Egypt, aruba and it’s leaders ignore the plagues. when the people start begging and suffering they will change their minds. the plagues will continue from one form to another.

    7. mac on November 30th, 2006 2:09 pm

      dennisintn: No they never will and it seems they don’t give a dam.

    8. joe bear on November 30th, 2006 2:34 pm

      the next plague has is not to late.the blood crieth from the soil.

    9. dennisintn on November 30th, 2006 2:44 pm

      #8, joe, the next plague is due back on the island for christmas vacation soon, and it’s initials are jvds.

    10. MIss-Underestimated on November 30th, 2006 2:54 pm

      I hope Aruba saved the money they were charging for the videos feeds.

    11. dkpen on November 30th, 2006 3:22 pm

      “Valero can safely continue with production”

      That is too funny. They know that the refinery does not run safely. They won’t even fix the air pollutants so those living around and hear the area will no longer be sick or die. Safely continue production my ass. No wonder they are on strike. I would be too if my life depended on it.

    12. Carpe Noctem on November 30th, 2006 3:55 pm

      Those boys sure do have a ‘WOODIE’ for
      that stinkin’ Palm Beach

      …and dat IS DE TROOF!


      Deepak 6/13/2005
      ALE Statements

      To your question whether Joran is able to drive a car, I can say the following.

      I know that he is able to drive a car. One time Joran drove my mother’s car from the *Marriot Hotel to my house.


      On Tuesday two weeks ago, about 19.00 hours, I went to the house of Joran. Freddie was at the house of Joran. Joran had said to me that he had told Freddie the story about the Holiday Inn and also the truth. Joran had said only Freddy because he is my best friend. I had asked Joran if he did anything with/to* the girl. Joran had told us that he did not do anything with/to* the girl and that the girl had fallen asleep on the beach and that he had left her there. Freddie asked him why he had left his sport-shoes there. I do not know what Joran had said, but he came up with an excuse as to why he had and they he walked outside.


    13. dennisintn on December 2nd, 2006 10:49 pm

      the strikers have all ready blockaded tankers leaving with fuel for the airport once. wonder what their next move might be? roflmao, stranded tourists having to book more days at their hotels? wonderful move for the tourist sides, until the tourists max out their cards. knowing aruba, they’ll be put to sea in rowboats when they pay their hotel and food bills anymore.

    14. Chill on December 12th, 2006 5:26 pm

      You are celebrating the (percieved) hardships of a whole nation of souls who have nothing at all to do with anything you’re building hate issues upon. That is a natural, reptellian-brain reaction to apply specific, unique attributes of one/some to the whole category of things it belongs to you your mind. This is I beleive human nature – and served us human animals to survive and understand the world. It’s like, “someone from (that different-than-me/us alien tribe did soemthing bad, let’s pick up our spears, gang up and strike back on that tribe of ‘savages’”.

      But unsderstand this is low-level thinking. The same way we try to trancend this cognitive reaction – in forms of stereotyping, ageism, racism, sexism, etc etc … you should know that it does not reflect reality. THINK about it for a minute. Focus on the emotion, the issue, the source of anger or discontentment – you can then know what exactly you’re dealing with and then investigate further whether your reaction, thought etc. is founded.

      It’s hard to do sometimes, and not emotionally tasty like vengeance, hatred etc…. but you’ll have a calmer and freer state of mind, and more control and uinderstadning over what’s eating at you.


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