Port Strikes Loom in Brazil

By on February 17, 2013

Union representatives and government officials in Brazil are scheduled to resume negotiations on Monday, Feb. 18, in an attempt to avert a nationwide port strike as early as Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Paulo Pereira da Silva, president of Brazil’s center for trade unions, known as Força Sindical, visited the presidential palace in Brasilia on Thursday, Feb. 14, to discuss the proposed legislation that unions claim will reduce port jobs and slash benefits, according to Agencia Estado.

Stevedores and longshoremen at Brazil’s state-run ports have threatened to strike if Congress passes the  bill in its current form.

The legislation would restructure both the ownership and management at all of Brazil’s publicly-owned ports.

Brazil’s government has undertaken a wide-ranging series of reforms to encourage private investment and improve management of Brazil’s traditionally clogged ports.

Da Silva met with presidential Chief of Staff Gleisi Hoffmann, Ports Minister Leonidas Cristino, and port union representatives, but no progress was reported after the meeting.