Local media reported that the workers of Brazilian steel producer Companhia Siderurgica Nacional Brazilian steel producer Companhia Siderurgica Nacional and subsidiary galvanizing plant Galvasud, after two months of negotiations, have approved CSN’s fourth proposal for annual readjustment of salaries & benefits. With a voting process by the last operational area opposed to the proposal, the workers of the Volta Redonda steel plant in the state of Rio de Janeiro have approved by 4,077 YES against 2,387 NO CSN’s fourth proposal, paving the way for 12% & 10% increase of salaries, depending on the level of each salary, plus other benefits. CSN workers went on strike on 31 March 2022 demanding higher salaries & bonuses at three units, is continuing. The strike had begun at the Casa de Pedra mine, located in the city of Congonhas, in the interior of Minas Gerais in Brazil. The movement was joined by workers at the Pires mine, which is in the neighboring town Ouro Preto. The workers halted activities at the company's Presidente Vargas mill & Itaguai Port in Volta Redonta city in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Agreement was not reached on 21 April 2022 & strike continued. CSN submitted a proposal to union representatives in a new attempt to end the current strike at the company. The proposal, submitted during a meeting on 22 April was put up to vote by workers on 27 AprilCasa de Pedra mine is the oldest iron ore mine in operation in Brazil and currently has a production capacity of 30 million tonnes per year. Port of Itaguaí is a major iron ore export hub and at the Presidente Vargas Steelworks in Volta Redonda is the largest steel mill in Latin AmericaThe cry of the workers hearkens back to historical struggles of the working class in Latin America and particularly the struggles against the military dictatorship in Brazil, initiated with a US-backed coup in 1964 and officially ended in 1985 as a result of a semi-insurrectionary uprising by the working class. In 1988, CSN workers put the newborn democratic regime to the test by staging a massive sit-down strike and were brutally repressed by the Army. Three workers were killed, and hundreds were wounded in what became known as the Volta Redonda massacre.