Truckers now on strike in almost every federal subject of Russia

The strike of Daghestani truckers in April 2017 (Image: Arseniy Vesnin)

Image: Arseniy Vesnin 

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Andrey Bazhutkin, the leader of the united long-haul truckers organization, says that drivers are now on strike “in more than 80 regions of Russia,” an overwhelming majority whether one counts the total as 83 or 85 with the illegal addition of Russian-occupied Crimea and Sevastopol.

The strikers are holding firm not only because they believe they have nothing to lose – an estimated 600,000 of them would lose their jobs if the Plato system is put in place but also because they are gaining support from other groups in the population and some in the regional governments like Tatarstan whose State Council may call on the Duma to cancel the Plato system.

And with each passing day, the strikers are becoming more unified and politically radical, with some in the North Caucasus now demanding that senior figures in the Russian government, including Dmitry Medvedev, meet with them and negotiate over their grievances.


 

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Edited by: A. N.

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Comments

  1. Avatar Robert says:

    Bravo to the brave Russian truckers!

    1. Avatar Fortranz says:

      Looks good on Putin’s – Great Russian Workers Paradise …lol

  2. Avatar Alex George says:

    I am impressed with their courage and action, but I really hope they manage to survive the Kremlin regime’s reaction.

  3. Avatar veth says:

    Funny in a ‘election’ year………….

    1. Avatar Fortranz says:

      Especially since the Great Leader [Putin] is supposed to have 80%+ approval…lol

  4. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    What the article does not mention is how well the strike is supported. Truckers striking “in more than 80 regions” is all very well and good, but if only a few truckers in every region actually are on strike then widespread means very little. But if more than, say, 80% of the country’s truckers in every region are on strike it becomes very significant indeed.
    The strike will undoubtedly affect things such as deliveries of food to supermarkets etc and it remains to be seen whether the population at large will support the strike if it means no more food in the shops.

    1. Avatar veth says:

      In Crimea the Crimeans enjoy their new ‘freedom’………………
      http://qha.com.ua/en/society/stalls-demolished-near-central-market-in-simferopol/140472/

      1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        No doubt that’s one of Aksyonov’s rackets.

      1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        “Privatisation” is simply a euphemism for “selling for a song to Aksyonov’s crooked cronies”.

    2. Avatar veth says:

      I get the feeling Russia is running Crimea now………………..

      http://qha.com.ua/en/society/negligent-repairs-of-roads-in-crimea-investigated/140466/

      1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        When I last visited the Crimea in July-August 2013 I saw significant road works in several places, and the roads I travelled on were in a good state. Of course, since the illegal invasion and seizure everything had to be brought down to Dwarfstanian standards. Seems like they are achieving that very nicely indeed.

      2. Avatar Tony says:

        Soon some Russian politician is going to tell Crimeans “What you want roads for? You don’t even have cars”, hah!

  5. Avatar veth says:

    Russian requirements hahaha 1 bus per 3 hours, under Ukraine 1 per hour……….

    SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) –
    Passengers in Simferopol soon will be transported by the companies from the country that invaded Crimea – Russia, due to the fact that local carriers could not bring the transport in line with Russian requirements, which makes their chances of winning in the future competition minimal. The so-called Mayor of Simferopol Gennady Bakharev shared the corresponding information with the Crimean press, according to publication “Pod pritselom”.

    The competition for the transportation of passengers began on April 10. Applications for the competition were submitted by 14 companies.

  6. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

    Will be entertaining to see this mafia syndicate brought down by some determined truckers. Putie’s days are numbered……..;)