SAO PAULO, March 15 More than half of the 1,700
workers at a John Deere (DE.N) manufacturing plant in southern
Brazil went on strike on Monday over pay demands, the firm's
management said, adding deliveries were unaffected.
The Horizontina plant in Rio Grande do Sul state is one of
three John Deere factories in Brazil, and produces agricultural
machinery for farming powerhouse Brazil and its neighbors.
"We sat down with the union on Friday for the first time
and did not expect them to go on strike this morning," said
Alfredo Miguel Neto, director of corporate affairs in South
Around 1,000 workers were taking part in the open-ended
strike. Miguel said he expected them to return to work soon and
said negotiations are happening.
"We will have no problems meeting our deliveries to
clients," said Miguel.
The main market for the factory's harvesters and planters
are Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile.
The local union chapter was not immediately available for
comment. Local news agency Agencia Estado reported that the
union was demanding a 10 percent pay raise, reinstatement of
year-end collective holidays and bonuses for unhealthy working
(Reporting by Reese Ewing. Editing by Robert MacMillan)