After an arbitration hearing, around 21,000 workers at Brazil’s state-owned oil giant Petrobras (a third of total workforce) have ended a strike of nearly three weeks that left the firm scrambling to avoid a drop in production. Labor unions said they were protesting the closure of a fertiliser plant in the southern state of Parana, with around 1,000 total layoffs. Petrobras said the strike did not affect production thanks to the hiring of outsourced labour.
Brazilian oil workers and oil giant Petrobras are locked in a power struggle over plans to shift focus away from non-core assets, with a federation of unions saying that 21,000 employees in 13 states (60% of the company’s workforce) are on strike indefinitely. Petrobras did not confirm those numbers but said it has been able to maintain oil and gas production levels and meet fuel demand across the country by bringing in temporary workers on emergency contracts.
A strike by workers at Brazil’s Petrobras started on Saturday, has not yet affected “production or supply to the market” and “all of its oil, fuel and derivatives production units are operating within safety standards,” the state-owned oil company said. Around 14,750 workers are on strike, or 80% of the total in the 12 states where the industrial action is taking place, according to Federação Única dos Petroleiros (FUP).