The Curtume CBR tannery, which is located in the Riojan town of Nonogasta and whose owners are Brazilians, is going through a delicate situation, which is deepening as the months go by. Its owners have practically abandoned the company but for the almost 800 workers It is almost a fact, since since March 2020 they are not working.
The tannery, which was part of the Yoma group, managed to open its doors with the Brazilian company that could not sustain its production of 5,500 hides per day and only aimed to obtain a loan from the provincial government so that it could sustain the sources of employment. Employees who know about the crisis experienced in 2005 when the Yoma company went bankrupt, believe that they are close to experiencing something similar.
As reported, the union has been warning of this situation through Federico Salazar, General Secretary of the Union of Tanning and Related Employees of La Rioja. “The lack of certainty, with the continuity of work on the part of Gilmar Harth, head of the company, worries us” – he said in an interview in a local environment.
“The worst situation of the pandemic has already passed but we did not return to normality and this worries us because the two plants are completely paralyzed,” they highlight from the toughest sector of the union that they hope a solution will be found from the Provincial Government that allows to cross this situation, and that a legal action should also be advanced to clarify what they have been arguing about the possible “emptying of the company” by Brazilian businessmen.
“We perceive that the company seeks break to leave the country, and with it push the almost 800 families of workers to a crisis like the one that was experienced in 2005 when the former Yoma went bankrupt, “said Salazar.
The union denounced that the company “takes raw hides from Buenos Aires to Brazil to process and export them, making it impossible for us to do our job. We see with more sadness the lack of historical criteria, in not giving added value to our leathers, investing in technology that allows us to create products with leather, that guarantee work, development and stability for our tanning families ”.
Last Thursday, Governor Ricardo Quintela expressed his concern about the situation of workers and their families, and assured that “we are entering into an agreement with some sectors of the country’s productive scheme. We want to send a hopeful message to the tannery workers, ”said the provincial leader.