Brasilia, November 16, 2009
PRESIDENT MASATOSHI ITO
We are writing you to REPUDIATE the decision
adopted by the management of
Plant in São Paulo, Brazil, whereby it refuses to hear the
demands put forward by the plant’s workers, and the
company’s continued efforts to prevent the Union from
exercising its legitimate right to hold assemblies with the
For the past two years the workers have seen their demands
consistently ignored, with local Management denying any
possibility of negotiation.
In a Meeting held on November 13, 2009 at the Regional Labor
Office (Regional Labor and Employment Bureau of
Sorocaba), the company was
categorical in its unwillingness to negotiate, exhibiting a
marked antiunion attitude.
The company’s stance is antiunion because it opposes a
decision adopted by the category’s workers gathered in
assembly and goes against the will of the workers who
legitimately decided that their demands be put forward by
the Union, the maximum legal representative of the sector,
thus clearly violating the PRINCIPLE OF FREEDOM OF
ASSOCIATION enshrined in ILO Convention 98 and established
under Article 511 of Brazil’s Labor Code (CLT).
The actions of the Limeira plant managers also violate
principles protected by the Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Brazil in its Article 1, paragraphs III and IV,
demonstrating complete disregard and a total lack of respect
for the workers’ labor and constitutional rights.
Artur Bueno de Camargo