Workers are demanding a 15.5% readjustment to compensate for inflation, plus a 6.8% hike which would count as their share of the company's productivity gains in the period.
FUP members are planning to hold meetings between Oct. 13-17 to vote on a possible strike. Petrobras wasn't immediately available to comment. Brazil's oil workers went on a 24-hour strike in early September to ask Petrobras for the 22.3% pay increase.
Last week, Petrobras' Chief Executive Jose Eduardo Dutra said the 10.7% offer was "more than fair, and well above salary adjustments companies in the private sector are offering their employees." He also said his experience as a union leader made negotiations with FUP members much easier. "I understand where they are coming from, but they must understand the company can't accept all their demands," Dutra said.
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