Petrobras holdout strikers to vote on new deal Thursday

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A union representing workers in the Brazil’s top oil region will vote on Thursday on a contract offer from state-run oil company Petrobras on Thursday or continue a strike, the most disruptive in 20 years, the union said Wednesday.

The union, Sindipetro Norte Fluminense, called the vote after Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is known, agreed to discuss its demand that members receive back pay for all the days they were on strike, not just half the days, as offered in a contract proposal last week.

SindeptroNF was one of only two locals that openly rejected calls last week from its national federation, FUP, to accept that contract, extending a nearly two-week strike to 17 days and counting.

The Petrobras offer includes a 9.53 percent wage increase and promises discussion of union demands to revive cut investments and block $15.1 billion of planned asset sales.
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