The years of economic strain in Venezuela are forcing some oil workers to turn to unusual ways to generate income.

According to Reuters, some workers at state-owned PDVSA have begun selling their company uniforms as a way to earn extra money amid an ongoing economic crisis.

A street vendor interviewed by Reuters said PDVSA employees approach him every day attempting to sell their overalls, boots, gloves and masks.

Jobs at PDVSA are highly coveted for the above-average salary and benefits employees are offered.

According to Reuters, the company’s 150,000 employees earn between $35 to $150 per month along with food tickets worth about $90 per month.

Low oil revenues have strained the finances of both state-owned PDVSA and the country’s government.

A lack of funds and supplies have also pulled the country’s oil output down by more than 200,000 barrels per day.

According to data collected by OPEC, Venezuela produced 2.104 million barrels per day in August, down from a high of 2.361 million barrels per day in 2014.

The country is now running low on basic supplies and has had trouble paying its bills.

President Nicolás Maduro has blamed the supply shortage on U.S. companies holding back supplies, a move that he alleges is part of a plot to undermine his government.

Venezuela was the first to advocate for an OPEC production deal, a request larger producers rebuffed for nearly two years.

OPEC members tentatively agreed to reduce output by about 700,000 barrels per day earlier this month.

Venezuela, along with other struggling OPEC members, will likely be allowed to hold production steady.

A potential production deal would likely see Saudi Arabia and other large OPEC producers shoulder most of the production cuts.

Documents seen by Reuters this week reportedly show that PDVSA is looking to issue up to $4.7 billion in debt securities to help pay contractor bills.

Earlier this year, Schlumberger said it would reduce its activity levels in Venezuela due to “insufficient payments.”

Schlumberger added at the time that it remained “fully committed to supporting the Venezuelan exploration and production industry.”
In a statement, PDVSA “categorically” denied media reports about Schlumberger’s decision.

Last month, Schlumberger was selected by PDVSA to be one of three firms that will participate in a new multi-billion onshore drilling campaign.


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