No more work stoppage but strike continues - SindPD

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Brazil's São Paulo state IT workers union SindPD has called off a work stoppage that began Monday (Mar 28), but the "state of striking" will continue as no accord has been reached with employers union Seprosp, SindPD reported.

São Paulo work tribunal TRT held audience in which it unsuccessfully attempted to have the two sides reach common ground; as such, a formal hearing is scheduled for mid-April.

"There's a good possibility that the tribunal will meet the main demands of the workers," which include a real raise in salaries above inflation, implementation of a profit sharing plan and a food subsidy, said SindPD president Antonio Neto.

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The strike was called after Seprosp rejected on March 25 a compromise proposal from Brazilian work ministry MPT, which had stepped in as mediator and whose proposal SindPD had originally accepted.

Since no agreement was reached, SindPD said it had returned to its original demands - an 11.9% increase in salaries, implementation of a profit sharing plan and a food subsidy of 15 reais (US$9) a day.

Large companies such as Indra, ConnectCom, Stefanini, CPM Braxis, Tivit and HP/EDS were reportedly affected.