Long-Haul Truckers Strike Hit Southern Russia Hard – and That’s Why Governors are Talking to the Drivers
May 30 – Now that the long-haul truckers have suspended their strike against
the Plato fee system, Moscow media are playing up what they say is the failure
of this Russian labor action. But their reports unintentionally show why it was
anything but a failure and why regional governments at least have tried to find
a common language with the drivers.
that long-discredited claim, one based on undercounts of drivers parked inn
strike locations and no counting of drivers who simply refused to drive at all,
the Moscow newspaper provides evidence that the strike hit many parts of the
Russian Federation and especially the south extremely hard.
notes that it led to an increase in the cost of long-haul deliveries, to
shortages in many stores, and even to increases in prices for certain
items.But it repeats that except in the
south, these were minimal and in fact no more than the seasonal declines in shipping
that Russia has regularly experienced in the winter and spring.
impact of the strike on southern regions of the country helps to explain why
the leaders of many of the regions there have been more willing to meet with
striking drivers and their union representatives and even willing to make what
concessions they can to the workers, although these regional leaders cannot unilaterally
cancel the despised Plato system.