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Oil workers' strike brought forward today at two refineries

28 May 2018 to 06: 49
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Replan and Recap oil tankers anticipated the strike to this Monday and on the 30th, there will be a national general strike

The oil workers' strike was brought forward at two refineries in São Paulo, Replan in the city of Paulínia and Recap, in the city of Mauá. The union in charge of these two units is Sindipetro Unificado of São Paulo. Previously, the strike was scheduled for the 30th of this month lasting 72 hours, this in common agreement with the entire category at the national level, but the Unified Sindipetro decided to start today. We still don't know if the other institutions will keep to the agenda. It is expected that the administrative sector of these refineries will also fold their arms, not just the operational one.

The motivation for the stoppages is aimed at supporting the truckers' strike, who claim fair best practices for these daily changes in fuel prices, which are regulated by Petrobras, which according to the union, only favors the foreign market to the detriment of Brazilians. Nowadays, the price of a barrel of oil is regulated by market fluctuations, as this input is a commodity. In the PT era, these prices were “relatively frozen” because they were subsidized by the government, the bill ended up coming to Petrobras at the beginning of the crisis, making it change its pricing policies.

On May 30th, the oil workers' strike will be national in all Petrobras units, extending from the administrative to the offshore and onshore operations where there are oil and gas activities. Initially this strike will end on the 2nd of June. There is no information if outsourced workers (those who are not Petrobras employees) can also participate in the strike. If the strike schedule holds, there will be no risk of a drop in production initially, but due to the shortage of fuel at airports and offshore support vessels, the union intends to stop the embarkation and disembarkation of workers.

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