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Brazil: Industrial relations

Updating authors: Patricia Barboza and Maury Lobo, CGM Advogados

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  • Workers have a constitutional right of freedom of association, and are free to join trade unions. (See Trade unions)
  • Collective agreements must be in writing, and are required to include various items. (See Collective agreements and bargaining)
  • Employers are under no general statutory obligation to inform and consult employees or their representatives. (See Informing and consulting employees)
  • The Federal Constitution guarantees workers a right to strike and states that it is up to the workers concerned to decide freely on when it is advisable to strike and which interests they wish to defend by striking. (See Industrial action)