Sat, Feb 28, 2009
Dismissals Suspended Until March 5 Hearing
One week after Brazilian planemaker
Embraer announced plans
to cut some 4,200 jobs worldwide, several
unions representing Embraer workers filed a lawsuit claiming the
company failed to give them proper notice of their
The group, led by The Metalworkers Union of São
José dos Campos and Surrounding Region, together with other
union organizations, filed the collective lawsuit Thursday with the
15th Regional Labor Appeals Court.
"This lawsuit submits to that Court's determination the question
of whether the dismissals carried out by Embraer without previous
negotiations with relevant Unions were legally conducted," said the
planemaker in a release to ANN. "It also includes a request for
interim relief suspending the layoffs."
That request was granted by the Court, who ordered the
suspension of the dismissals in question until the conciliation
hearing scheduled for March 5. Embraer noted the decision is
"preliminary," and doesn't apply to workers already laid off by the
Embraer maintains it complied with all laws and regulations...
and says it will appeal the court's ruling.
"Embraer reiterates its profound respect for the employees who
were laid-off, but, once again emphasizes the need to adjust to the
drastic reduction in demand for aircraft worldwide," the company
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