Workers acted on 14th day of strike against mass layoffs in factory in Paraná
On the 14th day of the strike, oil tankers tore and burned resignation notices sent by Petrobras. Since February 1, workers have been paralyzed to protest the dismissal of employees of the Paraná Nitrogen Fertilizer Factory (Fafen-PR), in the city of Araucária.
According to the Single Federation of Oil Workers (FUP), the dismissal process may affect 1,000 factory workers. The mass layoff comes after Petrobras announced the closure of the company on January 14. The state-owned company claims that the company, purchased from mining company Vale in 2013, does not present sustainable economic results.
The tankers say that Petrobras’ current management does not want to negotiate. On Friday the 14th, they reported that at least 144 workers received telegrams calling to attend hotels where terminations of employment contracts would be made. In front of the factory, they tore and burned the telegrams. The oil tankers have been camped in front of Fafen for 23 days.
The national oil tankers strike paralyzed 116 Petrobras System bases. There are 56 platforms, 23 terminals, 11 refineries, 7 onshore fields, 7 thermoelectric plants, 3 Gas Treatment Units (UTGs), 1 biofuel plant, 1 fertilizer plant, 1 lubricant plant, 1 shale processing plant, 2 industrial units and 3 administrative bases. They account for 20,000 workers in the movement.
Oil tankers fight until there is negotiation, do not accept and burn the letters of resignation. #fafenresiste
Posted by Single Federation of Oil Tankers on Friday, February 14, 2020
On Thursday 13, the FUP stated that the state-owned managers may cause shortages of fuel in the country, to blame the strikers.
“The objective of the president of Petrobras, Roberto Castello Branco, is to turn the population against us workers, blaming the strikers for a possible shortage that may occur. If this happens, the fault lies with the managers’ intransigence. Therefore, we warn the population to stay alert. Petrobras’ management may premeditate shortages in some regions of the country, ”wrote the Federation.
Workers face a legal battle to keep the strike legal. On February 4, the Superior Labor Court (TST) determined that oil tankers’ unions keep 90% of workers on duty during the category strike. The decision was reiterated by an injunction from the president of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), Minister Dias Toffoli.
In a note, Petrobras says that the units continue to operate in safe conditions, with contingency teams made up of employees who did not join the strike and temporary contracts authorized by the courts.
The state-owned company also affirmed that it is discounting the unworked days of employees who joined the strike movement.
“The discount will be made because there was no consideration for the service, that is, the employees did not perform the work for which they are hired,” wrote the company.