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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With seven votes for and three against, Brazil’s Supreme Court decided on Wednesday (April 5th) that state and federal employees of the security sector can not legally strike, because their jobs are essential for the maintenance of public order.

Those prohibited from striking include civil and federal police, federal highway police and firefighters.

"The state does not strike. The striking state is an anarchic state, and the Constitution does not allow this," said Supreme Court Justice, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?