Embraer’s Board of Directors consists of 11 members. I and my appointed alternate, André Luis, were elected to represent the workers in the Board of Directors in February, with 4,070 votes. The other members are appointed by the company’s shareholders and the Brazilian government.
By law and according to the companies’ bylaws, the Board of Directors’ members are forbidden from making public any information obtained in their meetings. Our activities seek to be together with the unions, thus creating, one more channel for dialogue with the company aiming at better conditions for workers of Embraer’s several plants.
The seat of workers in the Board of Embraer’s Directors is included in the company’s privatization notice and came up for two important reasons:
- To be together with the unions overseeing any attempt by Embraer in withdrawing workers’ rights;
- To oversee actions of the Board that could threaten the Brazilian character of the company.
Unfortunately in the last few years we have seen that the company has been attacking precisely these two items.
On a daily basis attempts are made to cut rights and reduce wages through the increase of exploitation. The wage readjustments are always falling short if compared either to the company’s reality or to the metalworkers sector reality. The PLR (Profit Sharing Plan) is a matter of constant complaints, either because of the amount or because of the sharing policy. Behavioral programs and a constant policy of moral harassment from the part of supervisors and managers even prevent the workers of being entitled to free trade union organization.
A second critical issue is the way that the company’s directors address production denationalization. Recent announcements of aircrafts production transfers and the decentralization of components to be manufactured out of Brazil, leave workers and society more concerned with the future of the company in the country. We are not against creating jobs in either Portugal or USA but we oppose decreasing jobs in Brazil with public funding. The denationalization policy is a worrying matter, not only from the point of view of employment generation in Brazil but also from the aspect of national sovereignty.
We defend the workers’ demands, such as the reduction of working hours (from 43 hours to 40 hours weekly), the appreciation of the Career and Salary Plan, the end of the moral harassment and the end of the Embraer denationalization process.
Our activities as Board Members are focused on the defense of an Embraer which ensure better working conditions for all workers of the company!
Herbert Claros da Silva and André Luis Gonçalves