Brazilian Postal workers gather to vote strike in São Paulo Starting today, post office branches throughout Brazil will be closed. Gathered in meetings in several states the workers at ECT (Brazilian Postal and Telegraph Company) decided to go on strike for undetermined time until their demands for bigger salaries and better work conditions are met. 

    José Gonçalves Jacó, the director of ECT's Workers National Federation believes that 100,000 of the 110,000 postal workers will join the strikers.  In the southern state of Paraná, for example, about 80% of the ECT employees have already stopped their activities, according to the president of Paraná's Post Office Workers Union, Nilson Rodrigues dos Santos.

    In the negotiations round held Wednesday, September 12, informed Jacó, the ECT offered to hike wages by 3.74%, while the workers are asking for a 47% raise plus what they call "real wage hike" of 200 reais (about US$ 100). In its counterproposal the postal service offered 50 reais (about US$ 25), which will not be paid before January of next year.

    "This is very little," explained Jacó. A mailman has initial salary of R$ 524 (about US$ 250) while a director gets about 24,000 reais (about US$ 12,000). We want a process of salary recovery."

    Workers are demanding more than better wages. They also want maternity leave for six months and hazardous work supplement. "Today, mailmen endure a bigger incidence of skin cancer as well as dog attacks, assaults and other accidents," justified the president of the Paraná's union.

    Opening Capital

    Maybe this is not the best time for the announcement, but the Brazilian Ministry of Communications made known that it is studying the opening of the capital of the national Postal Services as an alternative for modernizing and expanding the company. The information was given by the minister of Communications, Hélio Costa.

    "The opening of capital is under discussion. Just as the Petrobras (state-owned oil company) did, and just as others state-owned companies did. It is a hypothesis," said the minister, calling attention to the fact that the measure does not entail privatization, in which case the Union would control the company.

    The minister submitted yesterday to the minister of Finance, Guido Mantega, the proposal for expansion of the Postal Service, of which, according to him, president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was already aware.

    Costa claimed that after the president's trip to Europe, a meeting is scheduled to discuss the proposals and their impact upon the Postal Service.

    According to the minister, the establishment of a large logistics company, linked to the state-owned one, would be another alternative for catering to the "huge demand" in the order delivery market.

    "We are forecasting an increase of over 100% for next year. Either the Postal Services will prepare itself, or it will end up losing this market," he stated.

    Another proposal would be the restructuring of the Postal Bank, which currently functions in partnership with privately owned bank Bradesco.

    According to Hélio Costa, the bank has 5,200 branches, around 5,000 accounts are opened per day, and 10 billion Brazilian reais (US$ 5.1 billion) are deposited.

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    • Emily

      Hey, I don’t know about all the politics…I just want the package my family sent that is no doubt held up somewhere in the process because of this…they were sending me peanut butter, real JIF peanut butter! 😥

    • More Core

      Is the government postal service still necessary? With DHL, UPS, FEDEX, shouldn’t private businesses be able to take care of the mail?

    • João da Silva

      Stuart Western
      [quote]Solidarity to our Brazilian Brothers, like us they wont get everything they want but at least they are standing up for their rights[/quote]

      Thanks for expressing your solidarity to your Brazilian Brothers.I would be delighted to translate your message into Porutuguese and convey to a few friends that still have at our Mail Service. Ours is still as good (at least in the Southern part of Brazil) as Royal Mails,U.S. Postal Service,Bundespost,etc; Our system was built to almost perfection during the Military Government. Then came the private courier services like DHL,which do not know the difference between their arseholes and the ones in the ground.

      Then come these politicos who come out with the bullshit:

      [quote]”The opening of capital is under discussion. Just as the Petrobras (state-owned oil company) did, and just as others state-owned companies did. It is a hypothesis,” said the minister, calling attention to the fact that the measure does not entail privatization, in which case the Union would control the company.

      [/quote]

      Why should we privatise ECT,by opening the “Capital”?

      Stuart, hope the CEO of ECT has not read about the salary of the CEO of Royal Mails. If he did, he might consider demanding the same salary of 1,000,000 pounds a year 😉

    • Stuart Western

      Social Leeches – Unions Protect the Rights of Many not the Pockets of a few
      Unions are social leeches
      written by Yowser,

      Maybe in your country but in the UK Royal Mails pay offer works out as reduction in pay of between À‚£10 – À‚£45 a week and an increase of workload by 50% in unaddressed mail. 20% in addressed mail, and a lengthening of the amount of hours/or a reduction on a week by week basis. The union see that as unfair as I do and they are fighting in my corner. Without a Union my terms and condition would be worse off. Also to redress the balance our CEO said he would accept a pay freeze as a mark of solidarity towards us post people, and then earned a bonus making his take home pay last year over À‚£1,000,000 and he is a government employee . :sad:.

      Solidarity to our Brazilian Brothers, like us they wont get everything they want but at least they are standing up for their rights. 😀

    • Ric

      Pode NÀƒ£o
      Today I couldnÀ‚´t even get my mail out of the box at the P.O. (caixa postal). Some business will leave the P.O. that will never return. More and more alternatives are appearing.

    • James in Philly

      47% Raise
      Are they kidding? I wanna be taller but that aint gonna happen either…

    • Maks

      They’re a bunch of thieves
      Upon receiving my Skype phone from ebay (US), I was charged 60% tax on the value of the item and 60% on the shipping costs….it’s just Karma doing its bit haha…Stupid Govt…

    • João da Silva

      [quote]A mailman has initial salary of R$ 524 (about US$ 250) while a director gets about 24,000 reais (about US$ 12,000). We want a process of salary recovery[/quote]

      Certainly ,the director is a political appointee to get almost 44 times the salary of a mailman.

      [quote]Maybe this is not the best time for the announcement, but the Brazilian Ministry of Communications made known that it is studying the opening of the capital of the national Postal Services as an alternative for modernizing and expanding the company. The information was given by the minister of Communications, HÀƒ©lio Costa.

      “The opening of capital is under discussion. Just as the Petrobras (state-owned oil company) did, and just as others state-owned companies did. It is a hypothesis,” said the minister, calling attention to the fact that the measure does not entail privatization, in which case the Union would control the company.

      [/quote]

      LAUGH,LAUGH,LAUGH …………as a famous commentator,in this site likes to say!

      [quote]Unions in developed countries should be neutralized once and for all.
      [/quote]

      Not possible here, knowing well that the Prez himself came to be elected,because of his union activities in the late 70À‚´s and early 80À‚´s.More likely that the small and middle sized businesses will be neutralized once and for all and may their souls R.I.P

      Yowser, I dont think you know much about the Brazilian reality 😉

    • Yowser

      Unions are social leeches
      As any basic business course in university will show you, unions have served their purposes in decades past, and today are nothing but a force detrimental to business expansion and detrimental to job creation, by inflating cost and expenses, while fattening the pockets of union bosses who do nothing to enhance productivity, while fattening their own pockets by stirring up nonsense in the workplace. Unions in developed countries should be neutralized once and for all.

    • aes

      But not Brazil
      “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” . . . said about 2500 years ago by the Greek historian, Herodotus. . .during the war between the Greeks and Persians about 500 B.C. in reference to the Persian mounted postal couriers whom he observed and held in high esteem.

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