Financial and insurance sector in Brazil
Lead NCPBrazil
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the Bank Workers Union of São Paulo, Osasco and Region regarding the activities of Banco do Brasil in Brazil.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, Environment
Date8 Apr 2013
Host country(ies)Brazil
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorMining and quarrying, Financial and insurance activities

Read the final statement issued by the Brazilian NCP concluding the specific instance - 28 January 2015

In April 2013, the Brazilian NCP received a request for review from the Bank Workers Union of São Paulo, Osasco and Region alleging that Banco do Brasil had breached the employment and industrial relations, and environment provisions of the Guidelines in Brazil.

The allegations against the company concerned the:

  1. establishment, unilaterally, of a plan of functions for its employees, with new roles and levels of responsibility;
  2. use of instruments (Interdito Proibitório) to prevent the presence of the union leaders at the bank;
  3. transfer, without prior notice or discussion, of around two thousand employees to the west of the city of São Paulo, on land with contaminated soil

On 8 April 2013, the Brazilian NCP accepted this specific instance for further analysis. On 8 May 2013, Banco do Brazil informed the NCP in writing of its position regarding the allegations. After analysing this document, the NCP requested further information from the Bank Workers Union of São Paulo, Osasco and adjacent Region, which was supplied on 16 April 2014. 

After providing assistance to parties, the NCP was informed by the notifiers that they wished to suspend the specific instance as the parties had independently found a solution to the issues. Therefore on 28 January 2015, the NCP concluded the specific instance and issued a final statement detailing the process and decision.