Trade Union Information Bulletin Year 8 nº 172 October 30, 2015
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Democracy and Corruption – Recently, from October 10 to 12, the International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC, gathered its executive committee in São Paulo. ITUC’s board of executives discussed and deliberated over many issues that are essential for workers and UGT shares many of the concerns and decisions that were taken at the meeting. Ricardo Patah, national president of UGT
Victory in the strike of bank workers – After a long strike that lasted 21 days (the fourth largest in the history of the class), bank workers approved the proposal of the National Federation of Banks – Fenaban – of wage adjustment of 10% and 14% in food and meal vouchers.
Wage Campaign of Bank Workers 2015 – 10% wage adjustment, out of which 0.11 of increase in real terms. With the approved adjustment, the class accumulates an increase in real terms, in 12 years, of 20.83% in wages and 42.3% in wage floors.
UGT in defense of Workers health – UGT and other trade union centers that are part of the Forum of Trade Union Centers of Workers Health showed their concern regarding the deepening of precariousness in labor relationships, especially with the deconstruction of rules of workers health and with the fragility of policies of prevention and health promotion held by the State”.
Pink October in Defense of Women – Mulher ComVida (Women with Life), the largest event of the Pink October of Brazil was recorded in Curitiba, Paraná, on October 25. More than 70 thousand people (according to the newspaper Gazeta do Povo) attended several civic actions; actions of breast cancer prevention; employment fairs, drawing for awards and musical events, in downtown Curitiba. UGT’s state branch of Paraná and its affiliated institutions promoted this act.
Enem strengthens the end of violence against women – We, women, engaged in the fight for tackling violence against women, were strengthened on Sunday, October 25, when the 2015 National Exam of High School had as “The Persistence of Violence against women in the Brazilian society” as the theme of its composition. Regina Pessoti Zagretti, UGT’s National Secretary of the Women’s Department
UGT attends preparatory event for COP 21 – UGT already put its mark in sustainable causes. On the way to COP 21 (United Nations Conference on Climate Change), which will be held in December, in Paris, UGT attended the event “Climate, Water and Borderless Peace”, a preparatory meeting for the 21st Climate Conference, held in the Brazilian Institute of Environmental Protection (PROAM), through a partnership with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the Public Defenders of the State of Sao Paulo.
Female workers define fight agenda – UGT’s National Department of Women attended the National Forum of Female Workers of Trade Union Centers, held at the head office of CTB, in São Paulo, on October 18, to organize activities of the women’s fight, among them, to follow the process of State and national conferences and issues related to the campaign for the legal ratification of ILO Convention 156, which divided the family responsibilities.
3rd Plenary Session of UGT’s Union Officers of the Commerce area – On November 25, 26 and 27, the 3rd Plenary Session of UGT’s Union Officers of the Commerce area, in Fortaleza, Ceará.
Reform and Tax Justice – The Technical Note 150 discusses the Brazilian tax system, which imposes a strong burden of taxes on workers and the on the poorest and a lighter burden and easiness for the richest and capital to evade the tax office.
Marcos Afonso Oliveira
UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary