Strike back on, says IT workers union

Sunday, March 27, 2011

São Paulo state IT workers union SindPD has called for its members to strike beginning Monday (Mar 28) as the employers union Seprosp has rejected a proposal from Brazilian work ministry MPT, which had stepped in as mediator, according to a release from SindPD.

The workers union had accepted an MPT request to put the strike off until the ministry could attempt to reach a compromise between the two parties.

SindPD also accepted the MPT recommendation for a linear increase in salaries of 8.6%, a food subsidy of 12 reais (US$7.20) a day for an eight-hour day (and an extra 6 reais for overtime work), implementation of a profit sharing plan and salary floors for IT analysts and programmers.

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Seprosp countered with an offer of a 7.5% raise and an 8-real food subsidy only for companies with over 200 employees. It refused to accept a mandatory profit sharing plan or salary floors.

"The employers union has made it clear that it doesn't respect the worker, that it wants to exploit us to the maximum in order to increase production and profits. Companies in the sector had stratospheric profits [last year] and the outlook for this year is positive," said SindPD president Antonio Neto. "Because of that, in response to their intransigence and lack of respect, we're going to strike."

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