Disruptive strikes by Brazilian truckers and oil workers faltered Thursday, with officials saying the country was gradually returning to normal. As of Thursday morning, Federal Highway Police said most blockades on federal highways had been removed, with striking truck drivers returning to work. Earlier this week, trucker representatives accepted a government package that included a roll back in diesel fuel prices. Meanwhile, the federation representing Brazil’s oil workers ended a planned three-day walk out on the second day Thursday. The decision came after a federal labor court levied a R$2 million fine on the union for calling an illegal job action. Press reports showed a return to normal in big Brazilian cities. The National Petroleum Authority (ANP) reported a gradual return to normal for fuel supplies at filling stations. But the strike will leave significant damage to Brazil’s economy, according to the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) and other business organizations, from stalled industrial operations and lost sales.
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