Venezuela’s Labor Unrest Expected to Disrupt Aluminum Availability to U.S. and Mexico

Primary aluminum production at Venezuela’s two state-owned producers has been hit hard by weeks of labor protests, sources said, disrupting shipments to South America and intensifying concerns about metal availability in parts of the United States and Mexico.

Union workers have been blockading entrances at CVG Alcasa for weeks, disrupting operations at the 200,000-ton-per-year smelter, according to official government news reports. Fewer than 200 of the 680 electrolytic cells at Alcasa have been operating.

The government of Hugo Chavez just resolved a strike at CVG Industria Venezolan and full operations just began yesterday.

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