“Gas at a fair price”: stock sells kitchen canisters at R$ 50

The campaign “Gas at a fair price” took place for the first time in Rio das Ostras, a municipality in the interior of Rio de Janeiro, this Thursday (21). Residents were able to buy cooking gas canisters at R$50, a price much lower than what has been sold in the region. In all, 200 cylinders were made available.

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The solidarity action is promoted by the Union of Oil Workers of Norte Fluminense (Sindipetro-NF) and by the Single Federation of Oil Workers (FUP). Since February, the campaign has already taken place in the north and west zones of Rio and in the center of the state capital.

With the rise in food, the gas economy is a relief in the pocket of Rio das Ostras resident Cristina Moreira.

“We are seven people in my house and gas weighs on the bills. Today I’m saving almost R$80, which you can buy rice, eggs, sausage. The meat is already more difficult because everything is very expensive, but it will definitely make a difference at the end of the month”, he reported.

“Why is a union of oil workers here selling gas for R$50? I mean first because it’s expensive. Second, to make you aware that the price of gas is unfair and tied to politics. It is not Petrobras that makes this price, but the federal government. Whenever the president wants to, he can change this reality”, said the director of Sindipetro-NF, Bárbara Bezerra.

In addition to offering cooking gas at a popular price, the union also distributed leaflets to the population explaining the rise in fuel prices.

Another objective of the campaign is to denounce the damages of the fuel readjustment policy based on the Import Parity Price (PPI), adopted by Petrobrás since October 2016. According to the unions, this policy considers the price of oil on the international market, the quotation dollar and import costs.

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The general coordinator of Sindipetro-NF, Tezeu Bezerra, recalls that the impact of this policy goes beyond petroleum derivatives such as cooking gas, diesel oil and gasoline and also affects food, transport and other items.

“Before the 2016 coup, we paid between R$30 and R$40 for the gas canister. Yes, five years ago. Today, we are paying more than R$130. This is because the government wants to privilege Paulo Guedes’ friends, who want to earn at our expense. And it’s not just the gas canister. It is diesel, gasoline, that automatically generate an increase in food prices. We can’t accept this anymore,” said Tezeu.

The value of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), popularly known as “cooking gas”, has already reached R$ 135, in the states of Mato Grosso, Rio Grande do Sul and Rondônia, according to the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP). The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) shows that LPG increased 34.67% in the last 12 months.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Clívia Mesquita

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