With the participation only of autonomous truck drivers, the transport strike called for Sunday (25) and which effectively began on Monday (26), the day of São Cristóvão, began to be exhausted on Tuesday (27).
According to the president of the Union of Autonomous Truck Drivers of Ijuí (RS), Carlos Alberto Litti Dahmer, the companies broke the strike, forcing employed drivers to work, and the movement began to lose momentum.
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The movement reached 15 Brazilian states and more than 100 points were articulated to lead to the suspension of cargo transport. Organized by the National Council for Road Cargo Transport (CNTRC), one of the entities that organized the strike in 2018, this time the mobilization was divided.
The National Confederation of Transport and Logistics Workers (CNTTL) agrees with the mobilization and advises that all of its 800,000 autonomous truckers and CLT drivers participate in this movement, making protests and stoppages in their localities.
In Rio Grande do Sul, the most expressive mobilization was at the interchange between BR-285 and RS-342, in Ijuí, where the Union of Autonomous Cargo Transporters (Sinditac) has about 1,000 members. They occupied the courtyard of Posto 44, on the side of BR-285, where they spread banners, put up posters and talked with passing drivers to join the strike.
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Companies break the strike
“Unfortunately, the category was afraid and did not join, thanks by the companies employed drivers broke the strike and, in a way, coerced the self-employed who gradually left the strike,” explained Dahmer. According to him, “in 2018 the price of diesel was R$ 2.93 a liter and Brazil stopped. Joje, diesel is at least R$ 4.30 per liter and freight paid for cargo transportation is the same as in 2018: 60% of the freight cost is spent on fuel.”
The movement demands from the federal government a review of Petrobras’ pricing policy, from the National Congress the approval of the special retirement after 25 years of work and from the STF speed in judging the constitutionality of the Minimum Freight Floor. Three years have passed and the constitutionality of the minimum floor policy for road transport has not yet been implemented.
They also draw attention to the need for the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) to hire an institute to carry out studies and calculations to readjust the Minimum Freight Floor. These were the gains from the 2018 strike, but which so far have not been met by the responsible areas.
Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Edition: Marcelo Ferreira