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Brazil’s Petrobras to hire emergency workers as strike enters into day 10

PortandTerminal.com, February 10, 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Around 20,000 unionized oil workers at Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras walked off their jobs on February 1st.

The union wants Petrobras to halt the planned layoff of more than 1,000 workers at a fertilizer plant. Petrobras is exiting the fertilizer business and has been trying to sell the plant for years without any success.

Oil workers wearing orange shirts standing in front of office building with Petrobras logo on it
20,000 unionized oil workers at Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras walked off their jobs on February 1st.

A total of 40 production platforms, 11 refineries and 18 oil and refined-product terminals were adhering to the strike as of Monday (February 10) morning.

READ: Brazil probe into Petrobras widened to Maersk shipping contracts

On Friday (February 7) the company said that it was hiring emergency workers to allow the company to continue to operate.

Petrobras said in a statement that it had judicial authorization to hire the emergency workers because the unions had failed to comply with a court order that they keep 90% of the workforce on the job. Petrobras has said the stoppage had not affected production.

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