A recent article in the Journal of Commerce reports that stevedores at Brazil’s port of Santos will join striking independent truck drivers demanding President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment .
Independent truckers in Brazil started an indefinite strike on Monday, blocking traffic in a few states in the agricultural powerhouse. Drivers want a reduction in the taxation of diesel fuel and the scrapping of fines imposed on them for the previous strike and “spontaneous roadblocks” carried out during a two-week period back in February. They also want the government to provide “soft loans” with subsidized interest rates.
The truckers have caused limited disruption throughout the country since their demonstration began, but the lay off of 4,000 workers from the Usiminas steel plant and the stevedores pledge to march in solidarity has added a new element and energy to the protests, which will cause some delays in the port.
The truckers began to blockade various roads around the country Monday which affected traffic flows in 14 of Brazil’s 27 states, mostly with partial blockades made from burning tires, and old burnt-out vehicles.
This suggests the dispute could go on for some time to come and intensify if employee drivers are reluctant to cross protest lines and blockades. The likelihood of this only increased with the news of the Usiminas layoffs, which spurred the stevedores to join the protests.
RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and report further updates once available.