PortandTerminal.com, March 4, 2019
The third strike in as many months is scheduled to start on Wednesday at Brazil’s largest port. Container operations will be targetted. The strike is set to last for three days.
This time around the strike is being launched by stevedores who’s goal is to persuade container terminal managers to pay for a back-dated pay increase and to increase the number of freelance dock workers, as opposed to using their own terminal staff.
Reports are that the strike will cover all 50-plus terminals in the Santos port complex when it starts on Wednesday, but then after six hours will switch its focus to just the container terminals.
All port users are sick and tired of the frequent interruptions to their business this year from all the repeated strikes and so have been quietly confident there would be no more disruptions until after the Brazilian presidential elections in October
Santos-based freight forwarder who wished to remain anonymous
The strike will begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. local time and end Saturday at 7 a.m. Sindestiva leaders’ goal is to force the Association of Santos Port Operators (or Sopesp) and its 38 members to revert the number of OGMO (freelance labor pool) workers per gang for its container terminal members from 33 percent back to 50 percent — the percentage used until four years ago.
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