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Latam presses for definitive reduction of wages and threatens to lay off en masse

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São Paulo – The airline Latam plans to permanently reduce the salaries of its employees. In case of resistance, it is rumored that the company would summarily opt for mass layoff. The information is from the CUT-SP portal, in a report by Rafael Silva.

The staff cut can reach 2,700 workers, if they do not accept the permanent reduction in salaries. The company’s attitude differs from other national companies – Gol and Azul – that have reduced their employees’ salaries only while the covid-19 pandemic lasts.

“Airline crew members, who do not want to identify themselves so as not to suffer reprisals, said that the company even spoke of 2,700 layoffs if the proposal is not accepted immediately,” says the report. The workers complain about the way they are being treated, since, at the beginning of the pandemic, they accepted the unpaid leave requested by the company, on account of balance of accounts.

New deal

The category, represented by the National Union of Aeronauts (SNA), provides for the assembly on Friday (31). Workers must decide whether to negotiate definitive changes in wages in the new collective agreement, which will be built through mediation by the Superior Labor Court (TST).

The company intends to impose the cut of wages and benefits until 2021, as done by other companies in the sector. However, in addition, Latam is pushing for a new agreement, starting in 2022, with a definitive cut of up to 60% in salaries and benefits. The company claims that its operations are more international than its competitors, which would change the terms of negotiations with employees.

“The company wants at all costs to suppress benefits and permanently reduce our salary to solve a problem (coronavirus) that is temporary (…) If we accept the company’s opportunistic and outrageous proposal, we keep our jobs, but we degrade the category forever. If we continue to deny any permanent changes, we run the risk of being fired. It is a difficult choice to make, ”said a commissioner for CUT-SP.

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Justice cancels layoffs and orders Renault to reinstate 747 workers –

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São Paulo – On strike for 15 days, Renault workers in São José dos Pinhais, metropolitan region of Curitiba, will hold a new assembly on Thursday (6), starting at 2 pm, already with the news that a judicial decision has annulled the layoffs made by the company on July 21. Judge Sandra Mara de Oliveira Dias, of the 9th Region Regional Labor Court (TRT), declared the 747 dismissals null and void, determining immediate reinstatement. It is possible to appeal.

The magistrate also set a daily fine of R $ 100 thousand in case of non-compliance, up to the limit of R $ 1 million. The amount eventually paid must go to the association that maintains a children’s hospital in the region.

“Thus, there is that the collective dismissal without prior collective bargaining (effective and not merely formal) violates the Federal Constitution, especially the constitutional principles of union intervention in collective labor issues, social dialogue and the valorization of collective bargaining” , said the judge in her decision, citing Articles 8 and 114 of the Charter. She also cited conventions of the International Labor Organization that deal with layoffs and collective bargaining.

The judge of the Paraná TRT even disputes part of the labor “reform” of 2017. She argues that, “both from the constitutional and the international level”, there is a need for prior collective bargaining for collective dismissal.

Only negotiation solves Renault case

“This Wednesday’s court decision is a demonstration that we are right,” commented the president of the Metalworkers Union of Greater Curitiba, Sérgio Butka. “But we know that only dialogue can solve the problem. Throughout this time, the union was always willing and demanded common sense on the part of the company to agree to sit down to negotiate and find a reasonable solution for both workers and the company. ”

After metalworkers rejected a flexibilization proposal that included a voluntary layoff program, on July 21 the company laid off 747 of an approximate total of 7,300 employees. According to the union, a good part of them “with health problems like Covid-19, compulsory isolation and occupational and common diseases”.

The next day, workers went on strike. The union also claims that the company does not comply with state law (15,426, of 2007) that restricts layoffs in companies that receive tax benefits.

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