Brazil’s Petrobras Workers Go on Strike and World’s Oil Prices Zoom Up

Brazil's Petrobras workers As if oil prices weren't high enough with Middle East tensions, market speculation and weak dollar, workers from Brazil's government-controlled oil multinational Petrobras confirmed on Friday, July 11, that they will begin a five-day strike on Monday, July 14.

The work stoppage should occur at the country's main fields in the off shore Campos basin regardless of whether Petrobras presents a proposal before then.

The Campos basin offshore São Paulo state accounts for more than 80% of Brazil's crude output of 1.8 million barrels per day. Petrobras has 42 oil rigs in the area.

"The decision has been taken to only negotiate with the strike on," said José Genivaldo Silva, director of the United Oil Workers' Federation.

The union is demanding that Petrobras count the day workers leave the platform for the shore as a working day.

Petrobras Chief Executive José Sergio Gabrielli said the company was preparing a contingency plan and that it remains open to negotiations.

"We are negotiating, we are open, and we're of the nature to avoid the strike so that it doesn't affect production," Gabrielli told journalists in São Paulo on Friday.

"Production will continue. We will, if needed, implement a contingency plan to maintain minimum staffing to continue producing," he said.

Worries about the potential strike helped push up world oil prices on Thursday, propping it to new record on Friday.

However the conflict could extend as of Tuesday to a five-day nationwide strike at all Petrobras facilities, including refineries and terminals, to demand a bigger share of company profits for workers.

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  • João da Silva

    Jon
    [quote]Ch C can be my test pilot but it will probably be a boring flight with his lectures on value added products and of course detergent packs[/quote]

    Activate his ejection seat while over the North Pole along with his detergent packs. He can spend some quality time giving bath to polar bears and lecturing them on “Value Added Products”.

    btw, do you know if they grow polar bears in Geneva?

  • jon

    It is turning into an interesting race and rivalry between a few countries in their
    aviation sector esp. between Embraer and Bombardier

    Ch C can be my test pilot but it will probably be a boring flight with his lectures on value added products and of course detergent packs 😉 😉

  • João da Silva

    Jon
    [quote]I could hook them up with tons of oil sands..send it COD [/quote]

    You don’t accept L/C from a Swiss Bank, Jon?
    btw, I read news article in the local press about your Bombardier launching C1 series planes to compete with B737 and A310. An interesting business strategy. Wings made in Ireland and fuselage and cockpit made in Canada.I could not believe that you Canucks are capable of making a kite, let alone a plane 😉

    Are you going to be the test pilot, Jon? If so, I recommend that you take Ch.c as your copilot 😀 😉 8)

  • jon

    Joao,

    I could hook them up with tons of oil sands..send it COD 😉 😉

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Petrobras Chief Executive JosÀƒ© Sergio Gabrielli said the company was preparing a contingency plan and that it remains open to negotiations.

    “We are negotiating, we are open, and we’re of the nature to avoid the strike so that it doesn’t affect production,” Gabrielli told journalists in SÀƒ£o Paulo on Friday.

    “Production will continue. We will, if needed, implement a contingency plan to maintain minimum staffing to continue producing,” he said. [/quote]

    What sort of contingency plan does Petrobras have?

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