Labor Court proposes settlement to reset inflation

In a conciliation hearing held this Friday (10) at the Superior Labor Court (TST), minister Agra Belmonte presented a proposal for an agreement for the Brazilian Postal and Telegraph Company (ECT) and its employees. The salary adjustment proposed is 100% of the National Consumer Price Index (INPC), retroactive to August. The agreement is related to the base date of this year, when the conditions previously defined by the TST expired.

The solution presented by the minister will be taken to the category’s assemblies, and a new conciliation hearing was designated for next Monday (13th), at 15:00.

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The main points of the proposal are:

. Salary adjustment of 100% of the INPC retroactive to August 2021 and application of the same index to gratified functions, with repercussions in the remuneration installments;

. 100% readjustment of INPC on food stamps, including four sheets per month for business days;

. Access by union leaders to workers for 30 minutes at lunchtime, on pre-established days;

. Union participation in administrative disciplinary proceedings;

. Reinstatement of clause 20 of the 2019/2020 collective labor agreement, regarding the release with burden of union directors.

Strike

On August 17 this year, ECT employees started a nationwide strike, aiming at negotiating the conditions that will govern the category after the rules defined by the TST came into effect, which expired in July 2020. On 8/18 , the minister Agra Belmonte had determined the maintenance of the minimum contingent of 70% of the workers of each ECT unit while the strike lasted.

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Employees also could not impede the free transit of goods, people and postal cargo in the units. At the moment, according to union entities, the operation is normal. Only the state of strike (mobilization) was maintained.

In the bargaining agreement, the company asks for a declaration of the abusiveness of the strike and maintains that, despite the profit of R$ 1.5 billion, the accumulated losses are close to R$ 860 million. For the company, the stoppage, at that time, would be “unwise”, as it would worsen its economic scenario, with an estimated daily loss of R$ 4 million.

Edition: Vinícius Segalla

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