The agreement was reached at the Mato Grosso do
Sul plant, with significant gains for workers.
agreement the workers obtained a 4.36 percent raise to compensate inflation plus
a real salary increase of 2.64 percent, amounting to a total adjustment of 7
percent. The salary floor increased by 12 percent and the Participation in
Profits and Income benefit was raised to a fixed sum of 1,680 reais (US$ 893).
Workers also secured the implementation of the Health Plan and a basic food
basket stipend of 110 reais (US$ 58).
Organizing is the key
“We achieved these gains because the workers at
organized and were determined to fight and give it their all,”
president of FTIA/MS and Bovine Area Coordinator at the National
Confederation of Food and Agroindustry Workers (CONTAC),
40-hour workweek: a major gain
workers in the meatpacking sector obtained a significant gain with the
attainment of the 40-hour workweek. The workers at
in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul were the first workers in the food sector and
among the first in all the categories of Brazil’s United Workers’ Federation (CUT)
to win the struggle to reduce the workweek to 40 hours without suffering salary
The workers at the BOI VERDE and DIPLOMATA meatpacking companies
also reached an agreement reducing their workday.
The agreement covers 4,500 workers.
doesn’t end here
It doesn’t end
here: "We don’t want to conclude any of the remaining agreements without
including a clause reducing the workweek to 40 hours,”
president of the Federation of Food Workers of Mato Grosso do Sul, said.
goal is the 40-hour workweek for all
“We’re starting the first negotiations for 2010, which include
Our main goal is to improve wages and cut work hours to 40 hours a week,” said
Siderlei de Oliveira,
president of the Confederation.