Alpesca workers. (Photo: Alpesca)
Authority from Chubut questioned on Alpesca situation
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
The head of the Ministry of Territorial Development and Productive Sectors of Chubut, Gabriela Dufour, will be questioned on 13 March for her to explain several issues concerning the current situation of the fishing company Alpesca.
The Patagonian deputies resolved this measure because they intend the official justifies the expropriation of the firm and presents all relevant economic analysis.
According to the legislator Juan Luis Ale, he raised his hand to pass the bill "because he is an independent thinker and also because the governor has requested that all issues are to be clarified," El Diario de Madryn reported.
The deputies claim that the Minister must clarify the following matters:
- The state attorney’s statement as well as that from the accountant general;
- The amount Alpesca owns to the provincial government;
- The amounts contributed by the State in loans, grants and subsidy payments to workers;
- The current status of the ships, including date on the vessels, feasibility and costs of repair.
For his part, Deputy Roberto Risso commented that many workers "expect a solution to a problem that does not depend on Parliament."
Moreover, he insisted that the solution for the firm does not depend on the Legislature.
"Last year we questioned Dufour and warned her that expropriation can be a huge business for those who caused the embezzlement," added Risso.
The lawmaker noted that the expropriation is an exception to the protection of property rights and "the public interest is when something is taken from a private entity to give it a public use."
Besides, he stressed that it is unclear whether this is carried out to do "business" or to save the employees "that are not included in the expropriation process."
Risso also wondered how much Alpesca is worth: ARS 300 million (USD 37.9 million), ARS 400 million (USD 50.6 million) or ARS 600 million (USD 75.9 million).
On the other hand, the legislator Gustavo Reyes supported the fact that the solution for the enterprise "is today in the hands of the deputies."
"We the legislators are the ones who must address this bill, we are working together with the union linked to the sector," he added .
In addition, deputy Carlos Gomez regretted the fact that the workers have not participated in the drafting of the bill.
Finally, Risso pointed out that "the project does not say anything about the expropriation of the company and its name, but only includes data about the furniture and boats. The managers continue being spotless in order to receive the money."
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By Analia Murias