The company will rehire the separated personnel a year ago to operate 5 new vessels, but there are conditions. The Assembly discussed the situation.
The 67 former employees of the Public Company Fleet Petrolera Ecuatoriana (Flopec), disengaged in May 2017 and demanding the restitution of their positions, reached an agreement with the administration.
Fernando Larrea, general manager of the state, informed EL TELÉGRAFO that Flopec plans to acquire five additional vessels (it currently has seven) and the deal with the former partners is for the company to rehire them to operate the new fleet. Next week the group will meet in Esmeraldas with managers from the legal and human talent departments to review each of the cases.
Those who do not have a legal action against the public company will be rehired, nor will they register breaches, calls for attention or serious faults, explained Larrea. Yesterday in the National Assembly, the Committee on Workers’ Rights addressed the issue with representatives of the former workers and the Minister of Labor, Raúl Ledesma.
Also attending were the Vice Minister of Hydrocarbons, Patricio Larrea, and the Manager of Flopec, but the table did not accept his competencies in claim to the absence of Minister Carlos Pérez. During the session, Raúl Ledesma explained that neither the Ministry of Labor nor the Assembly can order Flopec to reinstate the former collaborators, since that is the competence of a labor judge.
He added that the public company supported the payment of compensation. The Fleet disbursed $ 604,832.89. The former workers said they did not know the reasons for their separation and said they had been victims of harassment and discrimination. They also indicated that they were separated despite having permanent appointments and that their positions were already filled, although they were told that the cuts were for austerity.
Larrea clarified that the decoupling was a measure adopted by previous authorities, on May 23, 2017, in compliance with the adjustment of the State, sale of 3 old boats, and by technological optimizations such as personnel.
Rina Campain, assembly member of Esmeraldas for CREO, indicated that there are indications of dismissals that did not comply with due process. She asked the Minister of Labor to review all the processes and to make the pertinent rectifications. (I)