Members of São Paulo state IT workers union SindPD met on Saturday (Mar 12) and decided to go on strike, the union announced.
On Tuesday (Mar 15), SindPD will publish a list of IT firms that may be affected, and 72 hours after the publication, workers may decide to strike at specific companies, or call for a general strike.
"Those businessmen that are blocking the negotiation process need to be careful, because it's their companies that will be first affected [by the strike]. SindPD will make sure of that," said union president Antonio Neto. "This is yet another demonstration that we're organized, united and ready to paralyze [business]."
SindPD and employers union Seprosp have been negotiating since late February. Talks are held on an annual basis, and this year the focus has been on a proposal by the workers to increase linear salaries by 11.9%, the implementation of a profit sharing plan, salary floors and a food subsidy of 15 reais a day.
Employers have held to a proposed raise of 6.47% and have so far refused to negotiate the other terms. The Seprosp proposal barely covers inflation, SindPD argues.