Brazilian Union Workers Take Up to 50% Pay Cut to Keep Their Jobs

Volkswagen Metalworkers from Brazil belonging to unions from the country's powerhouse, São Paulo state, have agreed to salary and working hours cuts in an attempt to save 16.300 jobs, according to Brazilian industry sources.

The agreements involve the São Paulo metal workers union and Mogi das Cruzes, one of the strongest groups in the Brazilian auto industry, which has seen exports and domestic sales slashed dramatically.

The 24 agreements signed contemplate a 20% reduction in working hours and salary cuts ranging between 10 and 17%. Two of the agreements refer to auto parts companies Inebras and Basso Componentes which will freeze job contracts for five months.

However all agreements include a job stability clause ranging from 45 to 180 days.

"Companies must give evidence of their real difficulties and the fall in production," said Miguel Torres, president of the metalworkers union.

This union represents auto assembly plant workers, auto parts and related equipment manufacturers as well as spare suppliers.

The Brazilian auto industry together with the electrical and electronic sectors have been the hardest hit by the global slowdown and concentrate the largest number of job cuts and unemployment insurances, according to the Brazil's National Workers Union..

Further south in Caxias do Sul in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, 30% of the region's 47.000 metal industry workers have also reached similar working hours and salary reductions agreements.

This covers 14.700 workers and 18 corporations which represent 75% of the auto and heavy equipment industry in the state.

However conditions agreed are tougher: job stability in exchange for up to 50% salary cuts and one working day less a week, revealed the Caxias do Sul Metal Industries union.



  • Show Comments (27)

  • falupa

    Economic Problems
    This is the problem with the economy today, you can’t connect the bad economy and the bad outcome. Unfortunately it is a major concern with everyone these days. I am absolutely sick of this mess. I don’t know whether to invest or just save everything…

  • Double-Dot

    The cure for Ch C
    [quote]love the imposter…keep it going[/quote]

    Ch.c has no cure. He is a terminal case 🙁

  • The cure for Ch C

    love the imposter…keep it going

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]ANOTHER STAT! Man, you are getting senile Swiss Jackass[/quote]

    If I were you, I wouldn’t call him a Jackass. He has too many friends in Ottawa as well as Brazilia and is quite vengeful and ruthless. He is also a personal friend of the Brazilian President Chavez.

  • The cure for Ch C

    too much
    Just looking back at the Swiss Jackass’s response to my comment:

    Finally to …the Cure of ch.c. ” So warped to think you can prove a countries worth based on STATS alone…quality of life is much more than that and what is important is very subjective.”

    the main point being that quality of life cannot be measured by STATS… then he responds with:

    Then look at the rankings of the Quality of Life. My country had 4 cities…within the World 10 Best !

    ANOTHER STAT! Man, you are getting senile Swiss Jackass 😉

    This is too fun

  • The cure for Ch C

    Quality of life index
    The UN Quality of Life Index is not very relevant. Its based on only the following factors:

    The HDI combines three basic dimensions:

    * Life expectancy at birth, as an index of population health and longevity
    * Knowledge and education, as measured by the adult literacy rate (with two-thirds weighting) and the combined primary, secondary, and tertiary gross enrollment ratio (with one-third weighting).
    * Standard of living, as measured by the natural logarithm of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita at purchasing power parity (PPP) in United States dollars.

    Some nice indicators, but doesn’t represent the many factors that go into the quality of one’s life.

  • The cure for Ch C

    Switzerland, home of the skinheads
    Read this:;_ylt=AgSYtim83bATmGdpZYVT7sFvaA8F

    No street children, just Nazi skinheads and a racist right-wing party…you probably voted for them…Nice country you got there Jackass

  • The cure for Ch C

    Poor old ch c
    You really just don’t get it….the Quality of Life Index is just another STAT based on money, crime, etc, etc.

    How can you have a formula for quality of life? I know it works well for your brain that can only comprehend numbers and figures, but that’s not what life is all about (unless you are Swiss)

    And as for the rating system, my country, Canada, was ranked in the top 5…way ahead of the land of chocolate and corrupt private banks. Even though Brazil does not even RATE on that Quality of Life Index, I still think quality of life is better there than in my own country.

    Facts and figures don’t account for climate, beaches, people (I’ll take a Brazilian over a Swiss any day and most of the world would agree) and all the little things that make us happy. This is completely subjective and varies from person to person.

    You are nothing but some stats and figures that you’ve pulled off the web and use to your advantage…there is a very narrow comprehension in your arguments. GDP, % paved roads, blah, blah, blah.

    You have embarrassed yourself yet again…keep it up, its very entertaining 😉

  • Double-dot

    Esteemed Ch.c.,

    I’ve been protecting you here for a long time against these Limeys… I like you, I even dreamed about you the other night, well it was a nightmare sure but still a dream…

    Go bless America

  • ch.c.

    To the goats
    Once more I was NOT the author of

    written by ch.c., February 18, 2009

    feel free……..goats can only act as goats, cheaters as cheaters, liars as liars, scammers as scammers !

    And to “I can guarantee with my young age that my gun is big and works well”
    Same Brazilian PROMISES AND GUARANTEE made time and again…such as Robbing Hook….Brazil is Immune…..Guarantee that Brazil can grow over 5 % for years to come.
    Wellll that is Brazilians guarantees….until proven otherwise !
    But proven not worth ONE centavo !
    And Your ass is even a bigger hole than your large hole in your brains. May be you too should use XXXL Tampax tampons for your ass & brains.

    And to the Double and Triple (I)diots….goats are smarter than you…for sure !

    Finally to …the Cure of ch.c. ” So warped to think you can prove a countries worth based on STATS alone…quality of life is much more than that and what is important is very subjective.”
    Then look at the rankings of the Quality of Life. My country had 4 cities…within the World 10 Best !
    You said it……and I tell you…YOU ARE RIGHT…ON QUALITY OF LIFE !!!!!
    Enjoy your goofings !!!!!!!!
    Where do Brazilians cities rank ???????

    Ohhh dear idiot, has Brazil not tried to scam the World with their maths and stats that sugarcane ethanol was profitable
    at US$ 35.- oil equivalent ?????????????
    Then why was Cosan LOSING money when oil was at over US$ 100.- ??????
    Dont worry….simple Brazilian scam…in maths & stats….until proven otherwise.
    Quite stinky and smelly the Brazilians maths and stats….also until proven otherwise…wether you like or not !

    And to all :
    Continue to be as idiots and goats as you already are.
    Your Masters…. Robbing Hook and his many gangs…. dont expect anything else from you.
    Just continue to pay 30 % interests on cars, 50 % on consumers goods and well over 150 % on your overdrafts.
    Ohhhh and 40 to 1400 % on personal loans…as per your own Central Bank stats.
    But dont look at these stats….they are irrelevants for idiots and goats.


  • triple dot

    Esteemed Ch.c.,

    In the article about the american child in brazil, our friend Double-dot decided to disrespect you again.. He’s gone insane!

  • ch.c.

    Although some of the information was correct the following was NOT WRITTEN BY ME:::::

    Title: To the goats!
    written by ch.c., February 18, 2009

    And for you who say I should ROT in HELL so should you Brazilians/Americans MORONS

    Do you know the difference between South America and North America? One word only, you are all IDIOTS….

    and For you swiss little boy, I don’t need your midget gun.. and I am NOT lonely idiot I do have a boyfriend..

    You have goats not just for milk.

  • The truth

    He is very old ! You can tell by the way he writes and how much he writes! Just an old lonely miserable man to spend loads of time here..

    Due to his old age, he doesn’t even remember what he writes nor if he wants a brazilian boy or a swiss boy. Nevertheless, I know he will get no one..

    He deserves one day to die alone with no one at his side… and believe me, Im sure this will happen because no one can take someone like that with a smile on the face.. Problably even God is having enough of this man… Rot in Hell CH.C

  • swiss little boy

    Ch.c my love
    You sound so sexy and strong despite of your old age…

    I can guarantee with my young age that my gun is big and works well unlikely your old rusty little gun which does not work anymore… but that’s ok… we can still love each other my gun and your ass

  • The cure for Ch C

    The Swiss so Righteous
    So warped to think you can prove a countries worth based on STATS alone…quality of life is much more than that and what is important is very subjective.

    You are like the kid with no self-worth…shouting more and more of how great you are but inside knowing you aren’t and that is why you try so hard to prove it to everyone else.

    Its impossible to say one country is ‘better’ than another, but you go on and on trying desparately to prove it to make yourself feel ‘special’ because you have no self worth of your own.

    Haven’t you got the hint? NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR YOUR RAMBLIINGS ANYMORE. Same old garbage repeated over and over hoping that repetition will make it true.

    Someone from a country who’s wealth is based on a MORALLY BANKRUPT banking sector should shut up before bashing another country.

    Why don’t you go read this article about one of your beloved Swiss Banks and then decide if you still have the balls to bashing another country.

  • ch.c.

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  • ch.c.

    To the goats !
    – who said “People still think Switzerland is perfect” outside of an idiot in Amesty International Switzerland ?
    This is certainly NOT what I ever pretended…if you re-read what I wrote.

    – As to my midget country….yessssss…but we have the 23rd largest economy as stated by someone here….while by far not the
    23rd largest population. Do the maths in…per capita…that you absolutely DONT WANT TO DO…despite I have taken the same source than some of you !

    Dear Goats,
    Normally 5 goats produce 5 times more milk than one goat…if they each produce the same quantity/quality of milk. Right or Not ?
    Then why one Swiss idiot, on average, produces more US$ than 7,5 Smart Brazilians ?
    Because Brazilians are more advanced in education, productivity, technology or what ?

    And I feel sorry to all of you…but…but…but…the following was NOT WRITTEN BY ME….but most probably by
    a Brazilian :
    Title…. IDIOTS
    written by ch.c., February 18, 2009
    etc etc

    We all know how brazilians like to hide, cheat and steal, scam as much as they can breathe and even more when they can !
    Who is surprised ? Not me…for sure !

    And to the Swiss little boy !
    No doubt you have a very large fatty & fluffy gun between your legs, as big as your belly……but only a dried feijado in your brains ! You prove it !
    You are just a big mouth…full of promises… different than Robbing Hook….Your Master !
    If you are a little boy just go back to basic school or to one of the 1000 Brazilians Municipalities…offering openly sex with minors IN BROTHELS….WITH TOTAL IMPUNITY…as per BRAZILIAN STATS ! Or you may become, if not already done, a minor street prostitute. Brazilians LOVE sex with boys like you !
    Enjoy your life full of promises…and surprises !

  • swiss little boy


    Can I be your boyfriend ?

    Im swiss from Geneva, I’m bright, intelligent and I have a big gun between my legs for you

  • Celio

    CH.c, We all know what you want here, It’s a big thick stick in you 😉 😉 😉 Not even that you are capable of getting, you are far too old and miserable for someone to bother giving one to you 😀 😀 😀 😀

  • ch.c.

    My country is the best IDIOTS… if any goat (American or Brazilian) here wants to disagree, prove it with FACTS !

    AND Yes, I did have a brazilian boyfriend SO WHAT? IDIOTS I learned my lesson and from now on I will date swiss men only


  • ….

    Can’t you read you old skank????

    The words : People still think Switzerland is perfect

    Comes from your dirty swiss newspapers that you use to wipe your own ass… if you want to disagree, do it with its editors! YES PEOPLE THING SWITZERLAND IS PERFECT BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL RACISTS

  • ch.c.

    Furthermore on “”People still think Switzerland is perfect,”
    No one ever said it outside of a few idiots !
    We are certainly not perfect…but so much better than others.
    That is what makes my country shines in whatever comparative stats…GOATS DECIDE !

    We are certainly not paradise. But we are closer to it than 99,5 % countries on earth….until proven otherwise !

  • The Truth

    Swiss Swizterland
    Your country is a midget country like you said….

    Make your calculations better: Switzerland is driven by foreign companies MORON… The country is tax haven to attract more and more foreign companies and banks!

    At the moment in Switzerland, they are soooo scared with protectionism due to the country being 90% foreign driven ..

    They are sooo scared poor swiss racist people that they are considering to make the English Language official in the country in the hopes to attract more foreign businessmen ! Swiss companies is just Nestle and Watches…

    Your economy is we foreigners that make it 😀

  • ch.c.

    To the goats !
    – We have 1’653’000 LEGAL foreigners, or over 20 % of the whole population. Certainly well over 10 times more than Brazil, pn a relative basis. If that is Xenophobia what is it elsewhere and in Brazil ? Do you know a country having a higher percentage of LEGAL foreigners ?
    – On top of that we have hundreds of thousands of ILLEGALS.
    – If Brazil is the 9th or 10th largest country with nearly 200 millions citizens, then why do you caress your navel daily…on your export prowess….totalling less than my country with a population of 7,6 millions ? Because per capita it means we beat you 25 to 1…by simple math……wether you like or not.
    – do the same math on GDP per capita…if you can ! Simple as that ! I am pretty sure you will use the GDP PPP….to have your face being less RED !

    – Your actual GDP per capita is US$ 8500.- and GDP PPP $ 10’300.-
    – Exports per capita USÀƒÂ  1000.-
    – second-largest consumer of cocaine in the world….as per YOUR SAME source.
    – Debt – external US$ 236.6 billion (31 December 2008 est.)
    – Commercial bank prime lending rate 43.72% (31 December 2007)

    Characterized by large and well-developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service sectors, Brazil’s economy outweighs that of all other South American countries and Brazil is expanding its presence in world markets. (Sure if you have the largest population by far…in the region)

    My country
    – Actual GDP per capita $ 64’700.- and GDP PPP $ 40900.-
    – Exports/imports shown is wrong. We did not had a $40 billion of trade deficits, but $ 10 billion trade SURPLUS.
    – Current account SURPLUS of $ 40 billion (C.A. includes TRADE) or 8 % of GDP….while for Brazil…NOT SHOWN….because
    you had the HISTORICAL LARGEST Current Account…DEFICIT !
    – External Debts—ZERO
    – Commercial bank prime lending rate 3.15% (31 December 2007)

    Still as per your OWN source
    Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and stable modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labor force, and a per capita GDP among the highest in the world. Switzerland’s economy benefits from a highly developed service sector led by financial services and a manufacturing industry that specializes in high-technology, knowledge-based prodution. The Swiss in recent years have brought their economic practices largely into conformity with the EU’s to enhance their international competitiveness, but some trade protectionism remains, particularly for its small agricultural sector.

    Enjoy your comparative maths !
    Enjoy your “LOW” BORROWING RATES….in a 5-6 % inflation environment !!!!!! Because in Brazil the AVERAGE lending formula is….
    inflation rate…..PLUS 35 %…MINIMUM !!!!!

    Robbing Hook is going to make an effort, the average lending rate may eventually become….inflation rate PLUS 30 % !!!!!!

    You should applaude HIM, change the constitution like in Venezuela, and “oblige and force” him for a third mandate…and why not for a fourth mandate in 2014 !

    Lets face it, Brazil is a society of EXTREME MASOCHISTS. The more you are whipped…the more AND HARDER you beg for !
    And then you feel so good…that you caress your navel and other areas.

    But what is sure is that you never ever scratch …YOUR BRAINS….until proven otherwise !

  • The truth

    The truth is
    In Brazil, 2 PLUS 2 GOES TO 10

    2008 List by the CIA World Factbook
    Brazilian economy ranked at 10th biggest in the world

    In Switzerland, 2 PLUS 2 EQUALS -4

    2008 List by the CIA World Factbook
    Swiss economy ranked at 23rd biggest in the world

  • Joao2

    Oh dear Switzerland, I love you 🙂
    [quote]Or said differently…in Brazil…2 PLUS 2 NEVER EQUALS TO 4.

    And In Switzerland 2 PLUS 2 EQUALS 10 (PARAGRAPHS FROM A SWISS NEWSPAPER BELLOW DATED January 31, 2009 )

    “People still think Switzerland is perfect,” said Daniel Bolomey, secretary general of Amnesty International Switzerland.

    “OK, it’s not bad, but we have problems with racism and attitudes toward immigration and with people seeking asylum.

    The discussions on how to bolster human rights within Switzerland come eight months after Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey was grilled during a United Nations periodic review on the matter in Geneva. At that time, 42 countries probed Switzerland’s human rights record, and delegates from the UN Human Rights Council made numerous comments about the “xenophobic climate” in the country.


  • ch.c.

    Headline “Brazilian Union Workers Take Up to 50% Pay Cut to Keep Their Jobs ”
    How do they arrive at up to 50 % salary cuts ?
    Simple “a 20% reduction in working hours and salary cuts ranging between 10 and 17%.”

    Well that is basically NO CHANGE, because working 20 % less hours, has no reason to earn the same monthly wages !

    But in Brazil spreadsheet MATH FORMULA it equals to a reduction of up to 50 %…of course !

    Or said differently…in Brazil…2 PLUS 2 NEVER EQUALS TO 4.

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