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Brazil Port Strikes Set For Friday
Brazil’s port workers are planning two nationwide strikes intended to shutter all ports on from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and between 1 p.m. and p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Labor unions are protesting Decree 595, which is a piece of sweeping legislation intended to modernize Brazil’s ports. Workers fear it will lead to job and benefit losses.
Decree 595 would allow private owners of port terminals to circumvent the established, unionized channels of hiring labor.
Officials at Força Sindical, which is Brazil’s center for trade unions, warn that additional, longer strikes are a possibility unless government officials agree to negotiate changes to the new law.
Stevedores at the port of Santos held a two-day strike that ended today. About 60 dockworkers took over a Chinese vessel and halted the unloading of cranes at Embraport, a new private temrinal that does not plan on using unionized workers.
The strike ended when the terminal operator agreed to hire union workers to unload and assemble the cranes.