The legal dispute between Embraer and Boeing now concerns the labor area. As reported this week, the opening of a Boeing office in São José dos Campos, even after withdrawing from the purchase of Embraer’s commercial jet division, has created great friction in the aerospace sector.
The reason is that Boeing has offered dozens of vacancies, targeting mainly aerospace engineers with experience in the sector. Even without the promise of going to the US or earning in dollars, the American manufacturer’s offer is treated as “irrecusable” for many, who will have a higher salary, new environment and ambitious projects.
This has caused an exodus of engineers, who left Brazilian industries in the Paraíba Valley, to Boeing. The movement was so strong that it has disrupted the routine of local companies, which are unable to replace or retain employees.
As a result, two aerospace and defense industry associations decided to go to court to try to stop this movement, claiming “risks the survival of these companies and, above all, threatens national sovereignty” since the engineers were working on sensitive projects in Brazil’s defense area. And Embraer has now declared support for the process, as reported by the partner portal Aviacionline.
It is estimated that more than 200 Brazilian engineers who were employed in national industries went to Boeing. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, which is at the center of the Brazilian aerospace system, stated that “supports the legal action initiated against Boeing, following the instances of the case knowing that it is a matter of national interest”.
The lawsuit was not detailed, but is based on the fact that Brazilian engineers working en masse for a foreign company would compromise national defense projects, and therefore sovereignty, even without any indication so far of leaking confidential information.