‘Help, We Need a Boss Here’: Workers Anguish as Firms Leave Venezuela

OSPINO, Venezuela—Irish packaging giant Smurfit Kappa recently joined other multinational companies abandoning Venezuela amid a spat with President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government.

But this case comes with a twist. Hundreds of employees, who counted on the Irish company for transport, education, housing and food, continue to show up at work. They take turns protecting idled heavy machinery from looting that has become rampant as Venezuela plunges into hyperinflation and economic chaos.

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