By on April 24, 2013

Chevrolet’s Celta, Prisma and Onix models  will be in short supply when workers General Motors’ Gravataí plant in southern Brazil go on strike for higher pay and shorter hours. Workers of the plant’s first and third shifts already approved the strike, Reuters says, the second shift is expected to follow suit today.

The plant’s 4,500 workers demand a 12 percent pay increase and a reduction in working hours to 40 per week from 42. They turned down GM’s offer of an 8.29 percent raise and a 41 hour work week  by next January,

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8 Comments on “GM Workers Go On Strike In Brazil...”

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    Better send in king…he’ll kiss it and make it all better..

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    Workers in Brazil better wake up before companies close down shop. There is no free lunch unless you are a politician or a banker. I know shipyard workers at Angra dos Reis in Brazil are supposed to work 40 hours a week. But on Friday, when paychecks are passed out at noon, the entire shipyard work force leaves. Being a westerner, I work my 10 hour day, regardless.

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    The Corporate Anti-union Division is already out scouting their next country.
    Only when their last country available gets down to the Democratic Republic of Congo will workers anywhere have a chance. Otherwise, status-quo for another 40 – 50 years.
    Now in other news….

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    To Marcelo:

    I don’t recall where you’re based, but is it anywhere near Gravataí?

    While I’m sure it would be difficult, some on-location coverage would be greatly appreciated, much like when TTAC went into Chattanooga to hear from workers firsthand.

    Though to be fair, the workers there weren’t on strike…

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      Marcelo is in Belo Horizonte, which is over 1,000 miles from Gravatai. Still it would be nice if he could give us his take on what leverage the workers have in this situation. It seems pretty brazen to demand 12% wage increase when inflation is running at around 6% there.

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        How long since their last pay raise? A 6% inflation rate compounded can be very painful after 3-4 years. We don’t have enough detail for our best and brightest commenting efforts.

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    One of my in-laws works for GM Brazil…actually 2 of them. I’m going to ask the wife what the family news says for a more personal look.

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