Brazilians started their workday Wednesday facing yet more labor troubles as oil workers began a three-day walkout in sympathy with a truckers’ strike now in its second week. Oil workers are demanding lower fuel prices across-the-board and the resignation of Pedro Parente as president of state-run oil giant Petrobras. In 2016, Parente instituted a policy of daily fuel price adjustments in line with market fluctuations. The oil workers action could exacerbate nationwide fuel shortages due to the truckers’ strike. Many truckers were continuing their walkout Wednesday despite government actions to pull down diesel fuel pri ces. In Brasília, officials said truckers were gradually returning to work as of Wednesday morning. Also in Brasília, the Superior Labor Tribunal (TST) Tuesday night ruled the oil workers strike illegal. The strike is not related to wages and does not coincide with the end of the union’s annual contract. The court said the strike was politically motivated and contrary to the public interest.
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