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Santos Port Labor Talks Continue, Further Protests Possible
July 18, 2016

According to JOC:

Shippers using the port of Santos, Brazil, have enjoyed a week of peace after intermittent strikes and labor slowdowns during the first week of July, but the calm may not last much longer.

This week, government minister Ives Gandra da Silva Martins Filho, who heads the Superior Labor Court in Brasilia, met with Rodnei Oliveira da Silva, president of the Union of Stevedores of Santos (Sindestiva) and Jose dos Santos Martins, the executive director for Sopesp (the port operators union) and upheld the original decision of the Sao Paulo state labor courts that container terminal operators be allowed to reduce the more expensive casual labor pool in Santos, known as OGMO, from 50 percent of all gangs to just 33 percent.

Da Silva had led Sindestiva members into strike action that caused disruption for shippers and shipping lines, with several vessels delayed (including the MSC Barbara at Brasil Terminal Portuaria) and cargo rolled. He promised more action if management at four of the five container terminals in Santos — BTP, Libra Terminais, Tecon Santos and Ecoporto — failed to make concessions to the casual workers and stevedores.

Sindestiva is holding meetings this week, with further strike action on the agenda, but talks between the union, Brasilia, the port operators union and the terminals are continuing.

A fifth terminal, Embraport, is a private use terminal and outside the organized port area so it has a separate agreement calling for use of 50 percent casual workers, at least for now.

Source: JOC