Workers at 8 Petrobras refineries strike to protest oil field auction

17 October 2013 19:49  [Source: ICIS news]

CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--Workers at eight Petrobras refineries are on strike following a series of protests against an auction that the country’s petroleum agency (ANP) will conduct on Monday, Brazil’s Oil Workers Federation (FUP) union said on Thursday. 

According to the FUP, the strikes will continue for an undetermined period of time and include the state-run oil company’s Reduc, Reman, Replan, Recap, Rlam, Regap, Repar and Refap refineries.

The union wants Brazil to cancel Monday's auction in the Libra oil field, one of the world's largest offshore oil discoveries.

The strikes began early on Thursday.

"According to information of [our] syndicates, the accession of shift workers is 100%,” the FUP said in a statement. “Operations are being kept in most of the country's regions by the teams of contingency of Petrobras, which are formed by managers, supervisors and other professionals, who normally don't execute routine works at refineries ... This puts at risk the security of the teams and of the plants.”

In a statement, Petrobras said it has as a practice to take all the measures it needs to guarantee its operations “so there might be no loss to the company's activities and to the markets supply".

Petrobras has not said whether production at the refineries has been impacted.

Workers at SIX Petrobras, a shale gas subsidiary of Petrobras, which is located in the city of  São Mateus do Sul, Parana, are also on a strike, according to the FUP.

Workers at Brazil's largest urea producer, Fertilizantes Nitrogenados da Petrobras (Fafen) have also taken part in the strike, the federation said.

Also on Thursday, demonstrators linked to the FUP invaded the office of the Mines and Energy Ministry, a government news agency said.

By: Leo Siqueira
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