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Around 50 Brazilian workers at South America's largest port are occupying a Chinese freighter to protest the use of Chinese labor rather than local longshoremen, unions said Tuesday.
The dispute began Monday at the port of Santos in southeast Brazil after the arrival of the Zhen Hua 10 from Shanghai loaded with towering equipment to be used for unloading and moving containers in Embraport's new private terminal.
The president of the dockworkers union, Rodnei Oliveira da Silva, said that under Brazilian law the company has to use Brazilian longshoremen to unload the equipment in the terminal.
But Embraer says unloading and installing the equipment is the responsibility of the Chinese manufacturer.
The port company said it was negotiating with the workers to get them to leave the vessel.