Today, for a third consecutive day, managers and employees of enterprises Banacont S.A. and Industrial Cartonera Ecuatoriana S.A. gathered outside the facilities of the Internal Revenue Service of Guayaquil to demand the lifting of the closure that has been applied to those companies.
As co-worker, Alvaro Noboa jointed today the protest to express his support to the claim held by employees of the closed companies. The workers have been protesting since May 31st.
“My mission remains the same: a new, productive Ecuador where there is a great union between government, employers, and workers.”
Noboa spoke of a social classes struggle in the country as in Venezuela, Cuba, and Bolivia “(… but) unfortunately these countries are now in the tail of the world.”
“We Ecuadorians have the right to be the first in the world. We have the right to work but it is important to have the conditions given by the government so that we employees, government, and business leaders, can work together,” he said.
On May 30, 2011, the IRS closed the companies saying that they had not submitted their declarations to the Income Tax 2010. However, these companies are listed on the SRI website with other companies that have updated tax obligations data.
Noboa said that since 1998 they have been trying to damage his public image again and again though, he has always felt the support of Ecuador, he said.
“We have shown trough real things that Alvaro Noboa is a man who loves Ecuador; he is the private entrepreneur that generates more jobs.”
Noboa spoke of the last two remaining years of President Rafael Correa’s government. He told Correa that Alvaro Noboa “should be the next president of Ecuador, because everyone else only wishes him harm. I do not desire bad things to happen to any Ecuadorian (…) I want to take Ecuador to the top of the world.”