The Single Federation of Oil Tankers (FUP) and the Unions of Oil Tankers of the North of Rio de Janeiro (Sindipetro-NF) and Duque de Caxias (Sindipetro Caxias) did this on Thursday (2), in Campo Grande, in the west side of Rio de Janeiro , a new edition of the cooking gas action at R$50. The action is a protest against the current value of the cylinder, which exceeded R$100.
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During the action, 350 gas cylinders were sold. In addition to selling the product at a reasonable price, the oil workers donated a kilo of beans to each buyer in protest against President Jair Bolsonaro’s (non-party) statement, which he recently called “idiots” who advocate buying beans instead of rifles. The motto at the event was “Gas and beans, no rifle!”.
In addition to the benefit to buyers, the oil tankers spoke with the population about the damages of the fuel readjustment policy based on the Import Parity Price (PPI), adopted by Petrobras’ management since October 2016.
According to the unions, this policy considers the price of oil on the international market, the dollar rate and import costs. The consequence is that the impact generated affects not only the value of petroleum products, such as cooking gas, diesel oil and gasoline, but also the prices of food, transport and other items. The ripple effect influences inflation.
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Consumers, especially the poorest, have been feeling the effects of the fuel readjustment policy of Petrobras’ management. According to data from the company itself, cooking gas has already increased by 38.1% in 2021.
For the general coordinator of the FUP, Deyvid Bacelar, the readjustments that Petrobras has been applying not only to cooking gas, but also to diesel oil and gasoline can be avoided. He recalled that 90% of the oil products consumed in Brazil are produced in the national territory, in the company’s refineries.
“There are people using firewood and even alcohol to cook. All that is required is for the company to stop using only the oil and dollar prices and import costs, and also consider the national production costs. And the company uses mostly national oil, which it it produces here,” explained Bacelar.
The director of Sindipetro-NF, José Maria Rangel, highlighted the importance of the action to “show how Petrobras’ pricing policy is wrong, favors the rich and harms the poor. We also want to demonstrate how solidarity actions are needed, especially when we are living with a pandemic”, he said.
The director of the FUP, Tadeu Porto, also present at the event, said that the initiative allows for a close dialogue with the population about “the guilt of the federal government in exploiting the people through fuel.” “Petrobrás’ pricing policy, implemented by Petrobras Bolsonaro government, is cruel and unjust, penalizes the poorest of all”, said the representative of the oil workers.
The “Fuel at a Fair Price” campaign was launched in February 2020 in several cities across the country, during an oil workers’ strike, which lasted 20 days – the longest since 1995. In 2021, the FUP and its unions already promoted campaign actions in February 1st, in support of the truck drivers’ strike, in March, in partnership with the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT) and the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB), and also in April and May.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda