Brazilian truckers strike enters its 7th day

28 May, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Brazilian truckers strike enters its 7th day

The strike followed complaints from truck drivers about the rising cost of diesel oil, which has gone up sharply in recent months as world oil prices rise and the Brazilian real weakens against the USA dollar.

It was not immediately clear if protesting truckers would demobilize on Monday.

On Friday, President Michel Temer authorized the military to use force if need be.

The association blamed the government for taking so long to respond to trucker complaints that go back to a year ago. "Truckers know how to count, Mr. President".

"We gave everything they have asked for", said Temer of the measures, expected to cost Brazilian taxpayers some 10 billion reais ($2.7 billion).

The hundreds of trucks parked alongside the highways not allowing others trucks through has led to a shortage of fuel and food in several states.

Thousands of public schools announced closures on Friday, as teachers and other staff could not get to work.

Local media reported food shortages and rationing in some supermarkets, and an association of supermarkets in Brazil's south warned that perishable food would run out in days if the strike did not end.

Sleeping In On The Weekends Can Help You Live Longer, Study Finds
Researchers from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University examined over 38,000 people from 1997 to 2010. Sleep is something you need to replenish regularly if you don't want to hurt your health .


State of Decay 2 has managed to surpass 1 million players
According to XBox Games Marketing , over a million players have purchased the game and taken part in the struggle to survive. And while that's some impressive stats, it appears that Microsoft's gamble on the Xbox Game Pass has paid off.


Samsung Galaxy X: What to Expect from this Foldable Smartphone
In terms of internals, the Galaxy A6 will get an octa-core 1.6GHz SoC, and the Galaxy A6+ will get an octa-core 1.8GHz one. Samsung claims to have made some changes to the software in order to enhance the output in various lighting situations.


Public schools and universities in several cities called off classes on Friday, and the worldwide airport in the capital of Brasilia announced that nine flights were cancelled, including an American Airlines flight from Miami.

The strike action followed Temer's decision in late 2016 to grant Brazilian oil giant Petrobras autonomy over its pricing. The measure would allow the city to buy gas from private gas stations without a bidding process and spend beyond its fiscal budget, according to a statement.

However, Petrobras CEP Pedro Parente said the decision to cut prices for 15 days and then start gradually bringing them back up to market levels had not been made under pressure from the government, but aimed to ease the pressure on the streets, where more than 200,000 truckers are protesting the price hikes resulting from higher global oil prices. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters said investors were anxious that if Petrobras changes its pricing strategy, it might lead to unfair competition at the expense of smaller private fuel retailers-bad news for refinery owners.

Shares of the state-owned oil company, Petrobras, dropped by 15% on Thursday after it announced it was cutting diesel prices by 10% to encourage negotiations.

However, many truckers still refused to return to work.

Luiz Antonio, a trucker who was striking outside of Rio de Janeiro on Friday, said he didn't trust what had been negotiated in Brasilia.

Temer said he had "mobilized the security forces" to clear the roads. The cost of diesel oil has gone up in recent months as world oil prices have risen and the Brazilian real has weakened against the US dollar. In addition, major cities such as Rio de Janeiro have sharply reduced public transportation, and schools and universities said they would not open this morning because of transportation hurdles.

The government must either subsidize fuel by lowering taxes or allow truckers to charge more for their routes, costs that would ultimately be passed on to consumers, he said. "Any solution will be very costly".

Recommended:



Popular

Ellicott City businesses, residents seek help, donations
The flooding has left some residents stranded in buildings, and multiple rescues are in progress, according to local officials. One sight during the flood: a handmade, white flag hung from an upper story of a Main Street building bearing the letters SOS.

Fortnite's temporary jetpack mode disabled after less than an hour, then reinstated
Epic Games is also looking into custom bindings and stick axis remapping, but did not announce a date for those new settings. Although friendly fire will be on, it seems to be in place more to help you and your friends practice battle maneuvers.

'Boozy' passenger brawls on flight after he's cut off
A man in a blue plaid shirt can be seen standing behind Felix, appearing to wait for the opportunity to pass him. He was then escorted off the flight, with two officers in front of him and two behind him.

Centre looking for immediate solution to soaring fuel prices : Oil Minister
But today the NDA government is putting the blame exclusively on the rise of crude oil prices by the oil producing countries. Petrol and diesel prices vary from state to state depending on the factors like VAT and local sales tax.

North and South Korean leaders meet again at border
Moon crossed the border to meet Kim at the Tongilgak building in an area of Panmunjom controlled by North Korea. Last month's summit marked the first meeting between North and South Korean leaders in a decade.

‘Carpool Karaoke’ With Adam Levine, James Corden And … Johnny Law?
How are you so chill?" During Monday's Late Late Show , he shared: 'I have had quite the weekend. The Late Late Show With James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. on CBS .

Kim Kardashian Slams Rapper for Accusing Kanye West of 'Abandoning' Chicago
On Saturday, the charity announced that it will continue its mission, but no longer be called Donda's House . Music and Pusha T to support the work of the organization, claiming that "I spoke to Kanye about it".

Couples who eat seafood 'have sex more often'
These concerns may have led some women to shy away from eating fish when attempting to become pregnant, the researchers added. Couples who eat a lot of seafood have sex more often and are quicker to achieve a pregnancy, new research has shown.

Ronaldo regrets timing of leaving comments but is still unhappy at Madrid
The 44-goal hero suffered a shoulder injury as the Reds struggled to match Zinedine Zidane's men at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium. When Gareth Bale shot from thirty yards though, Karius must have thought the save would be easy enough, it wasn't.

YouTuber and critic John "TotalBiscuit" Bain dies at 33
Despite previously going into remission, the cancer returned previous year and spread to his liver and spine. Earlier this month, John announced that he was retiring from games criticism, citing health problems.