Petrobras oil workers will end a strike that began on February 1 in protest against layoffs in Paraná. They will return to work this Friday (21).
The interruption of the strike was proposed to the unions by the FUP (Federación Única dos Petroleiros) after the TRT (Regional Labor Court) of Paraná suspended layoffs at the Araucária Nitrogenados fertilizer plant.
This Friday, unions, and Petrobras will participate in a mediation meeting at the TST (Superior Labor Court). The union threatens to resume the movement if it does not see progress in the negotiations.
The strike completed 20 days this Thursday (20), becoming the most significant stoppage in the category since the 32-day strike in 1995.
Petrobras decided to close the plant, alleging accumulated losses of more than R $ 2 billion. The company says that the layoffs will not be reversed and that the factory will even be closed.
"It is not fair for Petrobras to carry this loss forever," defended the company's president, Roberto Castello Branco, in an interview this Thursday to comment on the record profit of R $ 40.1 billion obtained by the state-owned company in 2019.
According to the company, negotiations with unions in court will be restricted to the benefits pact offered to the dismissed. Castello Branco said, however, that the current offer is already "more than competitive, it is generous".
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon