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In Argentina this week truckers on strike for better pay and conditions used about 200 trucks to block a soy oil producing facility from shipping its products. This is a growing example of how the actual trucks themselves can be used to gridlock production, shipping and logistics in various areas around the world.
The truckers are not so much protesting oil prices directly but they are protesting for better compensation and benefits (health care, job security and term life insurance are all common demands), which all too often is linked to oil and fuel prices. It is somewhat ironic that they are blocking soy oil, which can be used as an alternative fuel source.
Grains and vegetable oil exporters have condemned the protest, which is preventing soybeans from being delivered at the plant and could cause delays in the loading of ships in the river port of San Lorenzo.
Argentina is the world's top supplier of soyoil and soymeal and Bunge is among the country's biggest exporters.
Pablo Moyano, secretary of the Truck Drivers' Union, said about 2,000 truckers were blocking the Bunge plant to press their demands for better pay and conditions.
"In the coming days, we'll start adding Cargill, Molinos Rio de la Plata, Nidera, Louis Dreyfus," he told Reuters, referring to other leading exporters with operations in the ports in and around the Parana River city of Rosario.