Petrobras claims that it was not notified of the determination of the Labor Court to consider any contamination by the coronavirus that occurred on oil exploration and production vessels, including platforms, as an occupational accident. The company, through its press office, informed this Friday, 9th night, that, when notified, it will evaluate “how to proceed”.
The decision of the 10th Panel of the Regional Labor Court of the 1st Region (TRT/1) is a victory for the Union of Oil Workers of Rio de Janeiro (Sindipetro-RJ), which, in a collective action, had the support of the Public Ministry of Labor of Rio de Janeiro (MPT-RJ). The main argument is that, in some situations, covid-19 can be classified as a work-related illness, depending on the nature of the activity and the means of transportation offered by employers.
Judge Flavio Ernesto Rodrigues Silva accepted the MPT’s position and affirmed in his vote, accompanied by unanimous vote, that the company’s procedure of immediately discarding any relationship of contamination by covid-19 of its employees with the work developed in the company in person and not submit them to occupational medical examination”.
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