Stevedores at Brazil’s key shipping port of Santos returned to work late on Wednesday, ending a two-day walkout at the country’s main ports that had a limited impact on cargo movement.
The strike began unexpectedly at midday on Tuesday at the south-eastern ports of Santos, Paranagua and Rio de Janeiro. But by Wednesday afternoon, workers at Santos were the only ones still reported to be striking.
Port workers were protesting against reform legislation currently under debate in the Congress. The stevedores want to make sure the proposed reforms, which could allow potential new terminal investors to contract non-union labour, also protects union rights.
“We went back to work at 7 pm and everything will be normal”, said Carlos Rodrigues Alves, secretary of the stevedores’ union at the port of Santos.