JBS sued over alleged violation of Brazil indigenous rights during pandemic
- JBS is being sued for alleged violation of indigenous workers’ rights after firing 40 members of the Kaingang tribe from it’s Seara chicken-slaughtering plant in southern Brazil, according to a court document.
- The suit claims that JBS discriminated against these workers as the coronavirus pandemic spread through Brazil.
- Prosecutors hope the suit will force JBS to re-hire the indigenous workers. If the prosecutors win the suit, they are also seeking $1.9 million in fines and damages against JBS.
- The dismissed employees traveled from the Serrinha indigenous land by bus to the JBS plant for work. According to JBS, the 40 employees were dismissed after the company discontinued the bus service that brought the workers to the plant every day. JBS gave no reason for discontinuing the bus service and denied any discrimination.
Brazil labor prosecutors seek closure of JBS plant due to Covid-19
- Brazilian labor prosecutors filed a petition on Wednesday with a local court demanding closure of a JBS pork plant in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul due to an outbreak of coronavirus.
- JBS has been dealing with the spread of Covid-19 throughout their plants since late April and into mid-May. The outbreaks led authorities to request the temporary suspension of activities of JBS slaughterhouses in Santa Catarina, Rio Grade do Sul and Rondonia states.
Boxed beef prices continue to decline
- Choice boxed beef: $272.26 (-23.64)
- Select boxed beef: $260.41 (-16.37)