Union leader denies connectionTuesday, May 6, 2014
Moyano has long been tied to garbage disposal company Covelia
The relationship between dissident CGT union teamster union leader Hugo Moyano and waste collection company Covelia is purported to be an extensive and close one. Covelia, owned by Ricardo Depresbiteris, holds contracts for 10 city districts in Buenos Aires province. It makes approximately 318 million pesos annually or 26.4 million monthly, according to the Buenos Aires province magazine Desafío Económico.
But several of these municipalities have been surprised by the pressure Moyano’s union has wielded on municipal governments in favour of the company. It is alleged that the union leader has actively promoted the company to provincial government leaders.
“We mayors can tell when someone comes to represent a company, although the representative doesn’t officially belong to it. And Pablo Moyano came to Berazategui so we would give Covelia a contract eight years ago,” said Bertazategui mayor Juan Patricio Mussi on Sunday night on the TV programme 678.
The relationship between the Moyanos and Covelia reportedly began in 2002 when they became political partners. Although the company’s official documents say it was founded by Marcelo Arenales, a supermarket employee who denied being “a businessman” and who complained that his DNI identity document was stolen, according to Clarín and Pagina/12 in 2008.
Meanwhile, Despresbiteris, one of the company’s owners, was investigated by the Swiss judicial investigators, leading them to slap an injunction on a US$1.87-million account in the name of himself and his wife Marcela E. Mete in 2011.
Business sources alleged that in 2010 Covelia had acquired 120 trucks on the recommendation of Moyano, according to business sources it consulted.
It was alleged that Moyano had advised Depresbiteris to buy into the business after the United States company Ryder had stepped down. However, Moyano has denied all of this. When consulted over the weekend if he had links to the Covelia, he strongly rejected the implications.
“I don’t have anything to do with this,” said the union leader, repeating what he said three years ago in March 2011, when asked if the company was linked to his sons.
“I have relationships with all transport companies so they will respect workers’ rights ... I don’t have any other type of relationship .. .my conscience is at peace,” concluded Moyano.