The Brazilian Association of Drivers of Autonomous Vehicles (Abrava) and the National Confederation of Autonomous Transporters (CNTA) reinforced this Sunday (31) that they will not participate in the stoppage of truck drivers that is being organized for this Monday (1st). Both also said that the current moment, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, is not conducive to strikes.
The president of Abrava, Wallace Landim, known as Chorão, one of the main leaders of the truckers strike of 2018, acknowledged that the category cannot remain “crossed arms” and must claim the achievements of the previous movement in 2018.
At the end of 2020, Chorão went so far as to say that President Jair Bolsonaro – elected that same year with ostensible support from transporters – “betrayed” the category. However, he argues that the current demonstration has won a political nature and is polarized, with part defending President Jair Bolsonaro and another part opposing it. “Some are focusing on the issue of election in the House and the Senate. Others are against the governors.”
Chorão also argued that Abrava is demanding compliance with the minimum freight floor and the judgment on the matter in the Supreme Federal Court (STF). In addition, he has conversations with the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio de Freitas, but asks for contact from President Bolsonaro to resolve the issue of fuel prices.
Abrava defends the zeroing of PIS / Cofins and Cide, in addition to another wording for the BR do Mar project, to prevent favoring foreign companies, losses for autonomous truck drivers and market concentration. ” The phrase I usually say is for the president to hear Brazil, we are Brazil, he needs to talk to us, we have projects that I would like to present to him about fuel prices.”
According to Chorão, Abrava represents 30 thousand members, but it is difficult to estimate the truckers’ adhesion to the strike tomorrow and that the association understands that some workers will stop by necessity.
“There are some truck drivers who understand that they need to stop, because they are unable to ride. But the scenario today is totally different from 2018. We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. We try to pass on to the truck drivers that we need to be responsible for. We are on the edge of the abyss. , but a stoppage now can lead straight to the abyss, because we can lose the support of the population “, said Chorão, adding that Abrava is not part of any council, federation or confederation of truck drivers.
“Movement is political and led by left-wing parties”, says CNTA
At CNTA, the executive advisor, Marlon Maues, acknowledged that there is dissatisfaction in the category, but said that the stoppage should be the last resort to plead interests.
“CNTA has had a positive agenda with the government for two years, with 18 item points and biweekly or monthly meetings with the Ministry of Infrastructure to extend and unlock the hiring of self-employed workers. Today, Sunday, which is closest to the demonstration, is of course, the movement is political and led by left-wing parties to use truck drivers as a maneuver, “said Maues, noting that the CNTA is the maximum entity constituted to defend the autonomous category, which the entity calculates to add more than 1 million people. workers.
For the confederation, the movement must not be very strong and be localized. According to their own surveys with unions, 80% of truck drivers in Brazil want to work, not least because it is a harvest period, according to Maues. The executive aide also said that the CNTA has been fighting for the demands of truck drivers, but that many of the demands of the movement scheduled for this second are wrong.
On the question of fuel prices, he said that it is much more important to discuss the reduction of the state tax, the ICMS. Regarding the BR do Mar project, on coastal shipping, Maués said that the text only allows the introduction of 20 more ships to carry out some of the permitted products, compared to the current 40, and that the important thing is to guarantee standardized conditions in all over Brazil in screening yards for truckers. The CNTA also advocates the training of truck drivers so that they learn to defend their rights.
The articulation for this Monday’s strike has been led by the National Council of Road Cargo Transporters (CNTRC). The entity’s president, Plínio Dias, said that the strike is maintained and has an “undetermined” duration. The movement’s agenda has 10 demands, but Dias says that the end of the international fuel price parity policy adopted by Petrobras and changes in BR do Mar are the most urgent.
The agenda also discusses special retirement for the category, compliance with the minimum freight floor, established in 2018 after the 11-day work stoppage, respect for working hours and greater inspection by the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT), among other claims.