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Brazil Post uses weekend shifts to clear strike backlog

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Brazil Post has been working over the weekend to catch up on the mail backlog that has resulted from strike action last week.

The state-owned national postal service is currently in the process of negotiating labour contracts with Brazil’s 35 regional unions, a process that has now reached the mediation stage.

But, while mediation continues under the auspices of Brazil’s Superior Labour Court (TST), some workers are already conducting industrial action.

Brazil Post said according to its electronic monitoring system, it had 93.42% of its employees working normally on Friday – a total of 116,281 workers. The rate was slightly lower – 92.21% – for operational employees, including postmen, clerks, sorting and transshipment workers.

The company also said its service network has been open throughout the country, providing all services including SEDEX express deliveries and Postal Bank financial services. There has been disruption to some booked mail and parcel collections in strike areas.

Brazil Post said São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Rondônia, Rio Grande do Norte and Bauru were unaffected by strikes because the local unions agreed last week to its fresh offer of an 8% pay increase.

Mediation

Last week during mediation hearings, the TST ordered union groups to ensure that at least 40% of postal workers in any area continue to work during the industrial dispute. The injunction only appears to refer to small fraction of the unions currently in mediation.

Brazil Post said on Friday that “every effort” has been made to persuade national union umbrella group Fentect to conclude a deal at the TST. But the company claimed the union organisation preferred to trigger a partial shutdown and continue bargaining.

The company said it is now waiting for a trial date to force an end to the industrial action, although this does not mean union groups could not come to an agreement with management prior to a trial, with Brazil Post continuing to offer an 8% pay increase, along with a 6.25% increase in equivalent benefits.

Brazil Post required a trial at the TST to conclude its labour agreement last year.

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The company’s current offer to the unions also includes guaranteed health care for current workers and their dependents. The company is also expanding its use of early morning delivery shifts to improve working conditions for delivery staff.

With unions claiming poor working conditions because of insufficient staff at Brazil Post, the company has also pledged to continue its recruitment campaign even above the 19,000 workers it has taken on since 2011.

Source: Post&Parcel/Brazil Post

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