Petrobras Workers on Strike

In this photo taken Oct. 23, 2012, a ship is seen in the distance moored at the BP oil refinery in the Strait of Georgia just beyond the location of a proposed coal exporting terminal in Ferndale, Wash., near Bellingham, Wash.
National Journal
Clare Foran
Oct. 18, 2013, 4:58 a.m.

Work­ers em­ployed by Brazili­an mul­tina­tion­al en­ergy cor­por­a­tion Pet­ro­bras are strik­ing to protest an up­com­ing auc­tion of an off­shore oil field, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

The Libra oil field, which is es­tim­ated to hold roughly 12 mil­lion bar­rels of oil re­serves, is set to be auc­tioned off to for­eign com­pan­ies who will enter in­to a part­ner­ship ar­range­ment with Pet­ro­bras. Strik­ing work­ers, however, say the field should not be opened up to for­eign in­terests.

A spokes­per­son for the Na­tion­al Oil Work­ers Fed­er­a­tion told the AP that 90 per­cent of the com­pany’s work­ers — there are more than 40,000 total — began strik­ing on Thursday. Work­ers are also ask­ing for an 11.6 per­cent in­crease in pay.

The com­pany is­sued a state­ment say­ing that it was tak­ing “all the meas­ures needed to guar­an­tee op­er­a­tions and the sup­ply of products to the mar­ket.”

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