For truck drivers, change at Petrobras is “more of the same”

posted on 04/16/2022 18:47 / updated on 04/16/2022 19:32


Wallace Landim, known as Chorão, leader of the trucking movement – (Credit: Reproduction/Facebook)

The president of the Brazilian Association of Motor Vehicle Drivers (Abrava) and one of the leaders of the 2018 truck drivers’ strike, Wallace Landim, known as Chorão, spoke with the Mail about the change in command of Petrobras, positioning of the category in the elections and how truck drivers came to see the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) after almost four years.

Chorão commented on the disappointment regarding the price policy (PPI), one of Bolsonaro’s campaign promises. In 2018, the government project registered by Bolsonaro at the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) called “The path of prosperity” defended the PPI.

“Prices practiced by Petrobras should follow international markets, but short-term fluctuations should be smoothed out with appropriate hedging mechanisms,” the proposal read. de Valores (B3) and has private partners.

The idea of ​​not interfering in its price management follows the liberal prescription of the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes. Also in 2018, during his campaign in the second round, on TV Bandeirantes, when he was at the home of businessman Paulo Marinho, Bolsonaro promised to reduce fuel prices without interfering with the PPI. “We have a state-owned company that practices a monopoly, putting fuel at the pump according to the reality of Brazilians”. And he completed the then candidate: “We are at the limit and we cannot increase”.

Check out the interview below.

What does the change in the presidency of Petrobras mean?

Change is more of the same. The presidency changes, but the pricing policy (PPI) is the same. We can see the reflection of this on the shelf, in the supermarket, in the rise in the price of diesel. Another sign of this is the increase in ethanol consumption. In 2018, we had a lag, an inflation. Now we are following the consequences of the pandemic added to Russia’s war with Ukraine, with oil pegged to international parity. Nobody sees it, but truck drivers have three bills to pay: the house, fuel and maintenance. The state-owned company wants to benefit its shareholders, the market.

Is there a chance of further outages?

We cannot put our family at risk as we did in 2018. But if things continue as they are, the stoppage will be natural, due to lack of conditions to run. Inciting is putting our family at risk.

The government, Petrobras and the PPI for someone who voted for the president: what do you think happened?

Things got out of control. I supported President Bolsonaro, we campaigned for him. There was a campaign promise that he would do something about PPI.

Was the category served during the Bolsonaro administration?

In 2018, we conquered Law No. 13703, which establishes the minimum cost spreadsheet. (Article 2 of the law defines the promotion of “minimum conditions for carrying out freight within the national territory, in order to provide adequate remuneration for the service provided”) We want measures to protect the category, but the government has already promised us the ‘asphalt giants’, which involved the ministries and, therefore, should have gone ahead. It was released, but it didn’t change anything for the walker in a practical sense. The maintenance plan and the fuel card did not happen. The Electronic Document of Transport (DTE), which would organize our documentation… We have more than 20 documents that also did not go forward. The ‘Roda bem truckaneiro’, which is from the Ministry of Citizenship, worked out, while the Infrastructure initiatives were left to be desired.

How is the support of the category in relation to the president?

I follow the discussions and I see that it is 70% to 30% against the president, due to the lack of commitment to us.

Are you open to dialogue with other presidential candidates, including Lula, even though you supported Bolsonaro in 2018?

We are looking to talk to everyone. We learned that the important thing is to put the category in the government plan. I am non-partisan, I defend a segment, and I do not work for or against it. Recently, I was talking to Renata Abreu to talk to Sergio Moro, but he turned his candidacy around. Now, Luciano Bivar (União Brasil) comes and, if he wants, we will talk, just as we talked with Simone Tebet (MDB). However, our conversation with Bolsonaro (PL) will be different, we will demand what was proposed.