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Venezuelan Government Conducts Temporarily Occupation of Smurfit Kappa in Carabobo

Smurfit Kappa - SUNDDE

Aug. 22, 2018 - The National Superintendence for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights of Venezuela (SUNDDE) on Aug. 21 announced that it 'made a temporary occupation' of Smurfit Kappa in Venezuela's Carabobo state. SUNDDE did not specify exactly where the 'occupation' took place. Smurfit Kappa has a number of units in the city of Valentia in Carabobo, including a regional head office, a corrugated boxboard plant, and a paper mill.

Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Smurfit Kappa is a global producer of paper-based packaging with around 46,000 employees across 35 countries and sales of EUR 8.6 billion in 2017.

According to a press release posted by SUNDDE, “During an inspection carried out in the company Smurfit Kappa, located in the industrial zone of Carabobo state, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights, Willian Contreras in the company of the ministers of the Popular Power for Labor, Eduardo Piñate, Luis Medina Ramirez , Minister of Popular Power for Food with the authorities of the entity, made the temporary occupation of this company producing cardboard, for abuse of possession of ownership.”

SUNDDE said the 'occupation' was in response to “multiple complaints made by the working force” and “the adjustment of prices has been ordered immediately in the entire catalog of products offered by [Smurfit Kappa].”

Superintendent Contreras also noted that Smurfit Kappa did not want to sell to a specific company.

“We have ordered that these practices be reversed . . . For example, they do not want to sell to Industrias Diana and that is a boycott of the country's production.”

He added that "this is the most important cardboard production company in the country and its speculative practices have a direct impact on the people."

In addition, Contreras said that Venezuelan families should know that more than 50 percent of the value of a product is represented by its packaging, which is why the oversight forces carry out this type of action in order to protect the people and workers, to guarantee success of public policies issued by President Maduro in this new stage of economic prosperity of the Nation.