After Petrobras announcing new increases for gasoline and diesel in the last week, many people were in doubt whether such a decision could impact a possible truck drivers strike. According to the president of the Brazilian Association of Motor Vehicle Drivers (Abrava), Wallace Landim, the answer is yes.
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Through a note, “Chorão”, nickname by which Wallace is known, published a message informing that, with the constant highs of diesel, “the strike is the most likely”. Check it out below:
“The truth is that, one way or another, if Petrobras’ cruel pricing policy continues, the country will stop again. If it’s not a strike, it will be because you pay to work. A strike is the most likely”, explains Abrava.
One of the main complaints of the truck drivers category is the exorbitant charges for diesel which, added to the expenses with vehicle maintenance, make it even more difficult for the workers to bear the costs and still generate profit.
Many truck drivers also attribute the situation of the increases to President Jair Bolsonaro (PL), mainly for not having restructured Petrobras.
Petrobras announces new increase
The Board of Directors of Petrobras confirmed last Friday, 17th, a new increase in the price of some fuels, such as gasoline and diesel. The increases were 5.18% and 14.26%, respectively. The values started to be valid from Saturday.
As a reaction to this news, President Bolsonaro, during an interview on a radio, said that he may suggest the creation of a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) in Congress to investigate the state-owned company’s actions regarding price increases. According to the representative, this increase should be treated as “inconceivable”.