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Brazil truckers announce strike, and roadblocks, scheduled to begin Monday

Saturday, November 7th 2015 - 08:02 UTC
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The National Transport Command is working independently of truckers’ unions but has 27,500 likes on its Facebook page. The National Transport Command is working independently of truckers’ unions but has 27,500 likes on its Facebook page.
According to press reports, the government has talked to the main truckers unions and is hopeful that it can contain the stoppage According to press reports, the government has talked to the main truckers unions and is hopeful that it can contain the stoppage
Or at least it won’t be as effective as the one in late February and early March, which slowed the delivery of soybeans at port to a trickle for around a week. Or at least it won’t be as effective as the one in late February and early March, which slowed the delivery of soybeans at port to a trickle for around a week.

Independent truckers have called for roadblocks across Brazil starting Monday in a repeat of the two-week strike that delayed grain and meat transport in late February and early March. However it remains unclear how much support the strike movement has.

 The National Transport Command is working independently of truckers’ unions but has 27,500 likes on its Facebook page. That doesn’t seem like much but, of course, it doesn’t take that many truckers to block a highway.

The freight industry has taken a big hit with the dramatic slowdown in the Brazilian economy — it’s pegged to contract 3% in 2015 — and surging inflation, currently running just under 10%. The National Transport Command has a bucket list of demands to help ease the impact on truckers, including lower diesel prices, minimum freight rates, fixed salary scales and subsidized credit.

However, there appears also to be a political element to the movement. In its communiqué issued last week, the group said it counts on the support of the principal popular movements seeking the impeachment of embattled Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff.

According to local press reports, the government has talked to the main truckers unions and is hopeful that the stoppage won’t be as effective as the one in late February and early March, which slowed the delivery of soybeans at port to a trickle for around a week.

It is now low season for soybean exports, but Brazil is in the middle of exporting record volumes of corn. Ship lineups indicate over 5 million metric tons of corn are due to be shipped this month.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Brazil.

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  • golfcronie

    C'one Brasso, tell us that everything is hunky dory in Brazil.

    Nov 07th, 2015 - 12:05 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    The West can kick as much as they want, but the truth is that the Labour government did not succumb in the next twenty years.

    The Western press can continue making news without any importance because it will not change the facts.

    Our foreign trade is as strong and vibrant as never before.

    The values traded in Yuan quadrupled from 2012 until October / 2015. Already the dollar amounts down 20%.

    Western importance no longer exists for us.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMbGi7EwfIE

    Nov 07th, 2015 - 02:24 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @2 brasshole (the onewith shit foir brains)
    Speak for yourself, Brazzo with shit for brains. Regardless of your lies and your ridiculous, childish wishes, reality is quite different....and all your bs cannot change it.

    Nov 07th, 2015 - 07:37 pm 0
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