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Brazilian dockworkers are planning a national 24-hour strike on 19 March after negotiations over the privatisation of hundreds of port terminals broke down.  The Brazilian government hopes to attract billions of dollars worth of investment into the scheme, however the workers fear that the private operators will not hire through the centralised agency, known as OGMO.  Negotiations will continue until 15 March, although Brazilian ports are already said to be heavily congested and another strike could cause agricultural shippers to look at other markets for products.

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