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Strikers paralyze 22 Petrobras platforms in Brazil

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Staff writer | Tuesday November 3, 2015 3:43AM ET
Campos basin
Oil workers   44 rigs are not working

Oil workers staging a national strike in Brazil said they had stopped all operations at 22 of state-controlled oil giant Petrobras’s 44 rigs in the Campos basin.

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That offshore area that accounts for about 80 percent of the country’s oil output.

Oil workers declared a strike on Sunday in the South American country.

The strike had spread by early Monday to 34 of Petrobras’s rigs in the basin and 22 “are totally paralyzed,” the FUP, the largest union in Brazil’s oil industry, said in a statement.

Seven other rigs affected by the strike are operating partially and the remaining five were handed over to emergency teams dispatched by the company to prevent a production shutdown.

The workers “at only 10 of the rigs in the Campos basin abstained from joining the movement,” the FUP said.


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