Brazil’s post network in partial shutdown as workers strike

Brazilian postal workers have gone on strike this week, after talks over a new collective bargaining agreement failed.

Industrial action officially began on Wednesday, with Brazil’s Post and Telegraph Company (ECT) stating yesterday that a partial shutdown affecting operations in about two-thirds of the ECT network.

On average, about 32% of the company’s work force have gone on strike, topping out at about 40% in some areas.

ECT has responded by recruiting non-union personnel, reallocating non-striking staff and increasing overtime.

The company has suspended its guaranteed-by-10am express service SEDEX 10 and its same-day express service SEDEX Hoje, as well as its home collection service Disque-Coleta.

Other services including international services may experience delivery delays, the company said.

Yesterday, ECT president Wagner Pinheiro de Oliveira insisted the company could maintain a daily delivery of letters and parcels, but warned of the possibility of delays.

Pinheiro said talks would not resume on the collective bargaining agreement until union members returned to work.

He called on employees to end the strike, but said the work stoppages would count against their days off.

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