While most large IT suppliers scramble to deal with their public relations strategy around the protests of IT workers across the state of Sao Paulo, automation software giant Totvs was keen to stress that its policy in terms of salary and benefits is different to the rest of the market.
Chief executive at Totvs Laercio Cosentino released a statement on the situation to the company’s workers, which was posted as a comment on Sindpd’s note about the strike. According to the supplier’s chief, the company was “always mindful of the equilibrium of working relations,” so it has been “always ahead of the demands from the workers union,” despite supporting the stance of the IT suppliers organization Seprosp,
Cosentino said that profit sharing has been in place at the company for “a long time”, and that his firm it is one of the only sector companies in the medium to large bracket that offers the benefit. The executive added that regardless of the dispute between unions, the company had given a 6% pay rise to its staff in February.
Totvs’s boss pointed out that Sindpd refused the counter-offer made by employers’ union Seprosp and that the workers association started the strike due to the difference of 1% in the pay bargaining against what had been offered, refusing “all possible alternatives suggested for a consensus.”
“Totvs prefers to use the meritocracy concept for promotions. The promotions based on merit in 2011 will be much higher than the 1% Sindpd [is demanding],” Cosentino said.
“We know that adhering to the strike is a personal decision, but we ask you to keep yourselves informed about the fact concerning this negotiation and be lucid when reading the news published by Sindpd, which will naturally seek to stir up tempers to get members to join in the protests,” he said.
According to Sindpd, a significant number of workers at CPM Braxis have adhered to the strike, as well as employees at firms including Stefanini IT Solutions, HP-EDS, ConnectCom and Tivit. At the latter, a manager pressurized workers to not take part in the protests and the company even had to get the military police involved, the workers union said.
Tivit said in a statement that it is waiting to see what the pay readjustments will be following the decisions by the judiciary, which should be made within days.
“Meanwhile, all collaborators work normally at the company’s units. The protests of the workers union haven’t affected the quality and high availability of Tivit’s services,” the company said.
CPM Braxis and Stefanini refused to comment on the strike. HP-EDS did not respond to calls for comment.
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