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Chavez Vows to Fire Striking Oil Managers

The World | IN BRIEF / VENEZUELA

December 23, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Striking managers at the state oil monopoly will be fired and prosecuted, President Hugo Chavez said, vowing to break the work stoppage.

Participation of dissident managers at PDVSA, in the general strike has cut exports from the world's fifth-largest oil exporter to a trickle.

"We will start a cleansing in PDVSA," Chavez said during his weekly television show. "Those who didn't show up for work ... well, they will be fired."

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