Breaking news

Brazil: food processing unions call for workplace, government action to defend worker health and food security

Many food processing companies in Brazil, including some of the largest groups, are failing to take the necessary measures to protect industry workers, putting public health and food security at risk. The IUF-affiliated national food processing federations in Brazil, CNTA and CONTAC (CUT), supported by the IUF Latin American regional secretariat, are calling (available here in Spanish) for workplace and government action to maintain food security and protect worker health and safety.

The measures include:

  •  Staggered staffing reductions of 50% per shift, with no loss of pay, implemented through negotiations with the unions;
  •  Employment guarantees in the sector to be extended by six months following the end of the state of public emergency;
  •  Maintenance of all existing collective agreements;
  •  Full paid leave for workers at risk;
  •  Creation of crisis committees in every workplace with union participation to actively monitor the evolving situation and develop responses
  •  Government action to maintain national food stocks



Disclaimer: All third-party opinions expressed via IASWI accounts linked to and from this page are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent those of IASWI or its affiliates. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied. To discuss this disclaimer or the removal of appropriate credit for materials of which you hold copyright please contact us. All the third party videos and contents found on is not hosted on our servers; all third party videos or contents are hosted on a third party site. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and news sources on the do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the IASWI or official policies of the IASWI. These posts are only generated for the purpose of information sharing on the labour related issues.