A nationwide strike by Brazilian truckers showed little sign of abating as it entered its second week Monday, despite an accord announced over the weekend by the government and a group of strike leaders. On Sunday, President Michel Temer announced a series of measures designed to meet trucker demands. These included a rollback in diesel prices by 46 cents per liter, or about 15% of the prevailing pre-strike price; a 60-day freeze on diesel price hikes; suspension of some tolls for truckers and a national minimum freight rate designed to keep independent truck owners and small trucking business solvent. The measures were announced following meetings between officials and representatives of several truckers’ groups. However, rank and file truckers were largely ignoring the deal as of Monday, with gasoline and fresh food shortages worsening in big cities. Conditions could worsen at mid-week. Unions representing oil workers said they will call a three-day strike starting Wednesday. The strike could further restrict already limited supplies of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
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