Thousands of Venezuelan workers quit the state oil company Petroleum of Venezuela (PDSVA) following the installation of Major General Manuel Quevedo, a report released this week revealed.
According to a detailed report by Reuters, Quevedo has already alienated much of the company whose working-class passion reflects that of Venezuela as a whole.
On a recent visit to an oil rig in the Orinoco Belt, Quevedo ignored the workers who wanted to discuss the company's ongoing collapse. Constant Decline in Wages
"He did not come out to ask workers for what was going on goes, "union leader Jesus Tabata told the agency. "That way, it's easier to say over and over again that everything is alright ̵
Dictator Nicolás Maduro appointed Quevedo head of the company last October with the aim of militarising all aspects of the military The company's action immediately raised questions about its lack of experience.
He also arrested dozens of senior PDSVA executives for alleged allegations of corruption in order to increase his control over the industry.
Following his appointment, Quevedo pledged to launch a "crusade" against corruption and "consolidate the deepening of socialism" through the "total, absolute transformation of PDVSA", although this transformation now seems to lead the organization to the ground ,
About 25,000 workers have left the company alone in January, with many PDSVA offices now inundated with people waiting to submit their resignation. In an office in the state of Zulia, human resources workers reportedly hung a sign saying, "We do not accept resignations."
Many of those leaving the company are critical to the day-to-day running of the business, including high-level professionals such as engineers, managers and lawyers, who are almost impossible to replace.
Authorities now view the company's employment statistics as a closely guarded secret in a regime-led effort to hide information from the public. In the midst of labor migration and a sharp decline in productivity, the company's oil production has dropped to a 30-year low of 1.6 million barrels a day, compared to the 3.8 million barrels a day in 1999 used to finance the failed socialist revolution by Hugo Chávez
Combined with a global slump in oil prices, this has massively impacted government revenues in an economic crisis that left millions in poverty and without the resources to survive. Oil revenues account for 90 percent of the country's total export earnings.
In addition to its internal challenges, the company is also struggling under the growing sanctions imposed by the United States, which prohibit Americans from engaging in any way with them.
Prior to his Deposition as Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson expressed the possibility of blocking all Venezuelan oil imports to the US to further push the regime, although some regional leaders fear that such a move would further the country's ongoing humanitarian crisis would aggravate  Follow Ben Kew on Facebook, Twitter at @ben_kew or send him an e-mail at email@example.com