Workers and representatives of the Union of Employees in the Port Administration (Sindaport) adopted new measures to carry out activities in the Port of Santos, on the coast of São Paulo, as a means of preventing the spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). Among the actions, the union suspended the activities of the Department of Retirees and the medical clinic. According to Sindaport, only dental care is performed in urgent cases. The workers and associates are instructed to, if in doubt, not go directly to the entity, but to directly seek the union’s board of directors through cell phone or message. The union also points out that it requested new policies to control workers’ access to the Santos pier. In addition to waiving the use of a digital time clock and biometric reader, the entity also requested the dismissal of employees in non-essential activities in the Port of Santos. The requests were sent to the Santos Port Authority, the Santos Port Authority (SPA). Still within the requests, Sindaport asked SAP to rotate employees who work directly on the docks, as well as to standardize services that serve the public, such as the adoption of safety equipment in case of face-to-face assistance. The entity also requested the interested employees to anticipate the vacation period. Another series of measures requested from the port authority by the union consists of maintaining the payment of benefits to workers, such as nighttime, risky, extra, in addition to food and meal vouchers, and an extension of more than 30 days for the deadline. subscriptions to the termination plan. In a note to G1, the Santos Port Authority points out that employee health and safety are a priority and, at this moment, the measures taken are aimed at protecting its employees, customers and partners from possible contagion risks. SPA received letters from Sindaport and sent them to its legal sector for analysis, so that decisions are made in the light of current legislation and decisions for this prevention period. Regarding biometrics, it is temporarily exempt, with access control being done by documentary verification of the worker’s badge.
Source: Portos e Navios/G1