Trade Union Information Bulletin Year 7 nº 171 October 20, 2015
You can read on this number (World UGT 171/2015)
October 15: Teacher’s Day – On October 15 we celebrate Teacher’s Day, perhaps one of the oldest and most valued dates in tribute to a professional class. It could not be any different: all of us remember our teachers. I dearly remember all of my teachers of elementary school. Their names. Their faces. However, despite all of this care, teachers are, perhaps, the professional class that is worse treated in Brazil: extremely low wages and exhausting shifts. Full classrooms, disrespect and lack of working conditions. Ricardo Patah, national president of UGT
Strike of bank workers grows – Bank workers, who were outraged with the position of Fenaban in refusing to negotiate once again and presenting a new proposal to the class, increased even more the strike throughout Brazil. On October 08, a statement of the National Command recorded 10,369 closed bank branches and administrative centers.
House of Representative approves the Program of Employment Protection – The Plenary Session of the House of Representatives voted the Provisional Measure 680/15 on October 07, after intense negotiations and agreements signed by the government, representatives of workers and congressman Daniel Vilela (PMDB party – State of Goiás), writer of the Provisional Measure 680/2015, which creates the Program of Employment Protection, congressmen concluded the vote of the Project of Converting Decree Law 18.2915 just a while ago.
Cooperation UGT – UNI Global – Ricardo Patah, national president of UGT, the vice-presidents Laerte Teixeira da Costa and Lourenço Prado, Moacyr Pereira, national finance secretary, and Marcos Afonso de Oliveira, secretary of Communications, had a meeting on October 09, in São Paulo, with Christy Hoffman, secretary general of UNI Global, which is a trade union federation that gathers institutions from several professional classes of services in 140 countries.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: a global preoccupation – On October 05, after almost five years of negotiation, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam announced the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP in English).
UGT in ITUC Human Rights Commission – On October 09, Laerte Teixeira, secretary of TUCA’s Social Policies Department and vice-president of UGT, attended a meeting of the Human and Trade Union Rights Commission organized by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in São Paulo.
On the way to the March of Black Women – UGT hosts meeting of trade union centers and Inspir (Inter-American Institute for Racial Equality), to draw actions of racial trade union activity scheduled for the week of the March of Black Women, which will take place from November 15 to 20, in Brasilia.
State Congress of Trade Union and Labor Law – Congress gathers ministers, jurists, attorneys, trade union leaders and specialists of the labor world in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais. This Congress will be a combined action of UGT’s State branch of Minas Gerais and the Federal Bar Council of Montes Claros.
Unemployment among young people rises – Youth unemployment in Brazil must rise, as well as the informal market. This warning is from the International Labor Organization that, through a report published on October 9, reveals that the slowdown of the national economy will be felt by the youth until the end of the decade. Brazil had the second largest leap in youth unemployment among the largest economies of the world from 2014 to 2015.
Marcos Afonso Oliveira
UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary