Brazil: San Pablo Subway Workers Defy Court Order, Continue Strike


EspañolOn Sunday, subway workers in San Pablo, Brazil, decided during a general assembly to proceed with a planned strike, despite a labor court recently outlawing it. Employees are demanding a 12 percent increase in pay, but the company is currently only offering them 8.7 percent.

A court has also imposed a R$500,000 (US$223,000) daily fine beginning on Monday until the workers return to their posts. It further declared the strike illegal, paving the way for state-run Metropolitan Company of San Pablo to terminate the employment of striking employees.

The workers are expected to vote again on Monday at 13:00 local time (16:00 GMT), after a demonstration in downtown San Pablo, where they will be joined by other social movement groups.

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With major subway lines closed since last Thursday, traffic in Brazil’s largest city has been chaotic just days before the beginning of the World Cup.

Source: Reuters.

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