Union Strike Threat at Port of Santos

The Journal of Commerce reports that operations at Brazil’s Port of Santos is threatened by a strike by two unions.

Port workers represented by Sindaport voted this week to paralyze all port activity on June 29th to press their demands in contract negotiations for administrative workers employed by the port authority, Codesp.

Meanwhile, the Santos Union of Stevedores (Sindestiva) is also threatening a strike against five of Santos’ six box terminals to press the union’s contract demands for dockworkers.

There is also talk among various branches of Brazilian port unions about a national strike at the end of June or early July if negotiations with port employers such as Codesp do not yield satisfactory progress.

Sindestiva is seeking pay raises, increased pensions, and most important, a continuation of the the current 50-50 division of jobs between the union and casual workers. Terminal operators want to use casual workers for 75 percent of the work, an arrangement Sindestiva fears will cost thousands of union jobs.

The Sindestiva strike threat comes as Sindaport and Codesp continue to try to narrow their differences on a new contract.

Sindaport is the  largest of several trade unions representing the various categories of administrative workers in Santos, which handled 3.7 million TEUs in 2014.

RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and report further updates once available.