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Metallurgists and Ford resume trading. Union seeks global direction



São Paulo – After a conciliation hearing, the Metalworkers’ Union of Taubaté (SP) and Ford reached a temporary agreement, which provides for a meeting with the company’s global management and maintenance of jobs for the duration of the negotiations. Production should be resumed, partially, next Monday (22). And the meeting with American executives should take place until next Thursday (25).

Representatives of the union and the automaker participated yesterday afternoon (17) in a new virtual hearing promoted by the Regional Labor Court of the 15th Region (TRT-15). The TRT-15 judicial vice president, Judge Francisco Alberto da Motta Peixoto Giordani, led the discussions, which totaled six hours, on the 12th and yesterday.

Maintained employment and wages

Ford had entered into a strike agreement, which provoked protest by union members. The process is suspended until March 5, and in the meantime, the parties must hold at least two weekly meetings, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “The parties also agreed with the resumption of production at the factory on the 22nd, with wages and benefits ensured to all employees, whether called or not to work, in the course of negotiation”, informs the TRT.

At an assembly held this morning, workers at Ford de Taubaté approved the agreement. According to the union, the company should present “a work schedule and the necessary staff to attend the production of spare parts for the market”. The Vale do Paraíba unit produces engines and gearboxes.

On January 11, the automaker announced the end of its operations in Brazil. This includes, in addition to Taubaté, the factories in Camaçari (BA) and Horizonte (CE, where the Troller utility is produced). The TRT of the 5th Region, in Bahia, scheduled for this morning a new audience between Ford and metalworkers.

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil




Opera Mundi – Argentina decided on Sunday (28) to extend the deadline for closing air and land borders with Brazil until March 12, extending the previous decree that determined that they should reopen as of this Monday (1st) ).

Argentine health authorities considered it necessary to maintain the blockade at the borders and a 50% reduction in flights between the two countries.

The country is also closed to foreigners from other neighboring countries and the United Kingdom. Only Argentineans or residents can enter.

According to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, the measure is taken “in a preventive manner until knowledge about the new Brazilian variant of the virus deepens”.

Brazil has been experiencing the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. The moving average of deaths in the last seven days broke a new record and reached 1,180. With 50,840 new diagnoses registered in one day, the number of cases in the country is already over 10.5 million.

Vaccination in Argentina

While seeing its neighbor in the worst scenario of the pandemic, Argentina is advancing in vaccination against covid-19. There are already more than 903 thousand doses applied.

This week, the Argentine laboratory Richmond announced a partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing the Sputnik V vaccine nationwide.

On the night of last Friday (26), Argentina received 96 thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine against covid-19. According to the Minister of Health, these doses have already started to be distributed on Saturday.

* With Sputnik

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