• Public Worker Strike Is Suspended, but Could Resume
  • July 7, 2012
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Following an 18-day strike, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) workers have resumed visa processing and document legalization activities in Brazil and at most consular posts worldwide. However, MFA union officials will continue salary negotiations, and workers could strike once again if salary demands are not met.

    This news follows a meeting between the President of Brazil and union officials that took place last Friday, June 29. No agreement was reached during the meeting, but union officials have scheduled another meeting this Friday, July 6, to further discuss salary demands with the Ministry of Planning, Budgeting and Management.

    Union officials confirm that 130 Brazilian consular posts abroad observed the strike. Each consular post had the discretion to either suspend all visa and legalization procedures or work at a limited capacity with fewer staff.

    As most consular posts have resumed accepting visa applications and documents for legalization, only minor processing delays are expected for employers and their foreign workers in the coming weeks. However, immigration processing could once again be suspended if union officials do not reach an agreement with the Brazilian government.