Strike at Renault in Curitiba Brazil ends with partial success

After 21 days of strike at Renault do Brasil in São José dos Pinhais in the metropolitan region of Curitiba, the announced dismissal of 747 colleagues was withdrawn. Among the dismissed were many sick colleagues or with restrictions.

On August 5, the labor court called upon by the metalworkers' union SMC had already ruled that the dismissals should be rescinded and reintegrated. Renault's plans also contradicted the legal regulation that companies that receive tax incentives may not lay off workers. However, the success of the reversal of the dismissals depended on the growing broad solidarity and the international impact of the struggle. All eight otherwise divided trade unions in Brazil were united against Renault's plans. The International Coordination Group of the IAC had sent a declaration of solidarity. The IAC received donations for strike support. In addition to the pickets at the factory gate, several protest meetings were organized in the center of São José dos Pinhais and at Renault car dealerships in other Brazilian cities.

 

On August 11, the metalworkers' union, SMC, announced that it had received 5119 votes (95%) in favor and 164 against. The extensive further negotiated overall agreement, however, has a bitter aftertaste: some of the 747 colleagues are to leave with a "voluntary" severance plan. Renault undertook to promote a new model at the plant. However, if a set number of surpluses are not reached, redundancies may still occur, with a transition to 5-month qualification courses. A four-year salary agreement was agreed, linking wages to Renault's profits and sales. In view of the massive impact of the economic crisis on Renault, this is certainly not a reliable position and subordination to the profit motive. If necessary, the application of "MP-936" (Bolsonaro's dismissal law), the reduction of working hours and pro rata salary with an 85% guarantee were also agreed. This may result in new contracts being below the level Renault has been paying up to now. The political acceptance of the Bolsonaro government's draft law is criticized above all. For many months now, there has been widespread protest throughout Brazil against its anti-working-class policies and laws.

 

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