The Strategist

Court stops dismissals in Petrobras

02/19/2020 - 08:54

On Tuesday, the Brazilian Ninth Circuit Regional Labor Court suspended dismissals at a subsidiary of the Petrobras oil corporation, which triggered a three-week strike by the oil workers union.

Minale Tattersfield via flickr
Minale Tattersfield via flickr
"The judge decided to suspend layoffs until March 6 during negotiations," the court said in a statement on Twitter.

According to the court statement, for this period the local union is committed to end the strike and help stop the national protest, which has already lasted 18 days and threatens the stability of Petrobras' deliveries.

On the eve, Judge of the Supreme Labor Court of Brazil granted the request of the leaders of the oil and gas company Petrobras and declared the strike illegal, allowing the company to take administrative measures in the form of wage cuts, disciplinary action and dismissals.

On January 14, Petrobras announced closure of a fertilizer plant and dismissal of 996 employees, which, according to the United Federation of Petroleum Workers (FUP), is illegal and violates the collective agreement.

Oil industry workers are protesting against Petrobras’s concession and privatization policies, against selling assets of strategic importance and decisions such as giving priority to oil production rather than oil production. Another goal of the federation is to preserve jobs, since, according to its data, from 2013 to 2018 there were more than 270 thousand layoffs. This significantly exceeded reduction of jobs in other oil companies over this period of time.