Brazil Post is battening down the hatches in the face of possible strike action, with no agreement yet in its contract talks with the unions.
The state-owned national postal service began talks over a new collective bargaining agreement last month, with management offering a 5.27% pay rise for about 120,000 workers.
Eight of the 35 regional unions involved in negotiations were due to hold meetings last night to discuss the option of industrial action.
Brazil Post said yesterday that it has a business continuity strategy in place in the event that workers join a strike, to ensure delivery of letters and parcels “throughout the network”.
The company said it would use a combination of increased overtime and weekend shifts in order to make up for striking workers, along with temporary staff.
Brazil Post said it was still open to dialogue with the unions, arguing that its offer was an above-inflation wage increase.
However, in a statement the company said the National Federation of Postal Workers (Fentect), the umbrella organisation for the regional unions, was demanding an “impractical” pay rise, which would cost “double the revenue forecast for the Post this year”.
Brazil Post currently pays R$2,149.72 ($945 USD) a month to postal staff on average, as well as medical and dental benefits. The company said between 2003 and 2012 pay has increased 36.91% above inflation. About 65% of revenue goes out each year as salaries and benefits.
Last year, workers went on strike for about 28 days in September, with the stoppages resolved only by Brazil’s Superior Labour Court, which forced through a labour contract based on a 6.5% pay rise.
Source: Post&Parcel/Brazil Post