Brazil power workers start 3-day stoppage

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Workers at Brazilian state-run power company Eletrobras started a three-day strike on Monday.

According to union federation AEEL, workers are protesting against the company's privatization and the wage readjustment proposal made by the firm. They are also demanding the resignation of Eletrobras CEO Wilson Ferreira Júnior.

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The company asked federal labor court TST to class the strike as illegal due to its political demands, but the court authorized the action on the condition that at least 75% of the employees continue working normally during the stoppage. If that condition is not met, the union federation will have to pay a fine of 100,000 reais (US$26,000) per day.

In April, thousands of Brazilian power sector workers participated in a 24-hour strike to protest against the privatization of Eletrobras. The government plans to raise 12.2bn reais (US$3.68bn) from the sale, which includes dozens of subsidiaries in power generation, transmission and distribution.

Pictured: Strikers' banners outside the Foz de Iguaçu substation. CREDIT: AFP