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 

2017/04/11 - 10:05 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

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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  • Robert

    Bravo to the brave Russian truckers!

    • Fortranz

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

  • Alex George

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

  • veth

    Funny in a ‘election’ year………….

    • Fortranz

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

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    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.

  • veth

    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.

  • Dirk Smith

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