IT workers union calls for strike

Monday, March 14, 2011

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]."

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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.