Employment and industrial relations in Brazil
Lead NCPBrazil
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the trade unions Unified Workers' Central (CUT) and BASF Workers' Network in South America regarding the activities of BASF S.A. in Brazil.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations
Date19 Apr 2010
Host country(ies)Brazil
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing
StatusConcluded
Summary

Read the final statement issued by the Brazilian NCP concluding the specific instance – 30 March 2012


In April 2010 the Brazilian NCP received a request for review by the trade unions Unified Workers' Central (CUT) and BASF Workers' Network in South America alleging that BASF S.A. in Brazil had breached the employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines by using legal loopholes to prevent the presence of union leaders in their units, and avoiding dialogue with the trade unions over the dismissal of an employee.

The NCP accepted the specific instance for further consideration. After engaging with the parties, the NCP received a letter from the parites committing to improving the conditions of the dialogue between the workers' representatives and the enterprise in the case of warning and /or suspension of the representatives, and even in cases of employee dismissal for just cause. The parties also agreed that the Workers Network would participate in the integration of new employees to the enterprises. In light of this result, NCP decided to conclude this specific instance and issued a final statement, noting that it remained available as a forum for mediation for the parties.