Petrobras unions reject 6 percent pay rise, raising strike chances

Brazilian oilworkers’ unions said they rejected a sweetened pay offer from Petroleo Brasileiro SA in annual salary talks on Wednesday, raising chances of a second major strike in two years at the state-led oil company.

Petrobras, the world’s most indebted oil company, offered to raise base salaries for its more than 50,000 employees by 6 percent, compared with 4.97 percent in a proposal made last month, representatives of FUP and FNP, the two largest oilworkers’ union federations said.

The unions, whose members voted last month to give leaders the right to call a strike at any time, said the increase was still well below the 12-month inflation rate of 9.12 percent.

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