Brazil Cosan fined $585,000 for labour violations

02 March 2012 21:05  [Source: ICIS news]

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (ICIS)--A government agency fined Brazil-based sugarcane and ethanol producer Cosan reais (R) 1m ($585,000, €439,000) for labour violations, it said on Friday.

The agency, the Justica do Trabalho de Jaboticabal in Sao Paulo, had alleged that Cosan sugarcane employees were working more than eight hours a day and did not receive a minimum of 11 hours of rest between work days.

Cosan will pay the fine to the Fundo de Amparo ao Trabalhador (FAT), a fund that supports worker rights.

Cosan could pay an additional R10,000 fine for each item it does not address, the agency said.

The fine came after Brazil's labour ministry, the Ministerio Publico do Trabalho, sued Cosan in the city of Ribeirao Preto in Sao Paulo state.

($1 = R1.71)
($1 = €0.75)

By: Leo Siqueira
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