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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 22:47:05 -0600 (CST)
From: rich@pencil.math.missouri.edu (Rich Winkel)
Organization: PACH
Subject: Brazilian Dockers Threaten Strike Action
Article: 55255
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Message-ID: <bulk.17989.19990219061558@chumbly.math.missouri.edu>

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Dockers at Brazil's Itajai threaten strike

Reuters, 10 February 1999

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Dock workers at the Brazilian port of Itajai are threatening to strike from next Monday in protest at changes to the system of selecting casual labourers, a local port agent said on Wednesday.

Under new port labour legislation, casual labourers will in future be hired through a national administration body, known as OGMO.

The body has set February 15 as the date from which Itajai dockers must register for labour at the OGMO premises, rather than with the port unions, shipping agent Lachmann Agencias Maritimas told Reuters. The unions have threatened strikes and demonstrations of unspecified duration from that date, the Multiport group agent said.

Conflict between workers is also seen possible as older labourers have most to lose from the benefits of being employed through the union set-up, according to shipping sources.

Younger labourers were expected to be more likely to support the changes in the belief they would be more likely to receive equal treatment under the new system, according to news reports.