World UGT 177/2016

             Trade Union Information Bulletin             Year  8    nº 177             January 18, 2016

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More evil deeds against workers? – According to data of the National Household Sample Survey (Pnad), recently publicized by IBGE, the unemployment rate reached 9% in the trimester that ended in October 2015 – the highest of the time series that began in 2012. This situation threatens all the national achievements in terms of poverty reduction and the own survival of the middle class. Ricardo Patah, national president of UGT

Victory of Commerce Workers in São Paulo – On January 13, despite the difficulty of negotiating with businessmen, the Trade Union of Commerce Workers managed to sign the main collective agreements, which were signed at the head office of the Employers Federation of Commerce of the State of São Paulo (Fecomercio).

Walmart Brazil closes 60 stores – On January 15, Walmart Brazil, third largest supermarket chain of the country, announced that it will close 60 stores throughout Brazil and will change its president. The Brazilian branch had made a commitment in December with UGT that it would not fire employees and transfer them to other stores. Only the employees who did not want to be transfer would be dismissed.

World Social Forum – 15 years – UGT, since its foundation in 2007, attended all the World Social Forums and will be in Porto Alegre, from January 19 to 23, to make an overview of its participation.

UGT is present! – UGT, as representative of workers from varied professional classes, will attend several activities of the Labor World, which will have the participation of international unionists to exchange experiences and discuss the construction of fight agendas with the goal of achieving solutions for a better planet. It will attend the 19th March for Peace, which will open the event. On January 20, it will conduct the activity Public Policies for Migrant Workers and on January 22 the Role of Workers and a Democratic Society.

Siemaco and UGT in the fight against dengue fever – More than two thousand workers, among professionals of urban cleaning, health and educational agents had a meeting during the official release of the campaign “All of us against the dengue fever, Zika and Chikungunya viruses”, officially launched on January 14, at the Pacaembu Gymnasium.

VII World Forum on Migrations will be in Brazil – On January 14, UGT received, in its head office, the Center of Human and Civic Rights of Immigrants (CDHIC) for a prep meeting of the “VII World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM – Alternative Policies concerning the Global Disorder”, which will take place on July 07 to 10, in São Paulo and, for the first time, will be held in Brazil.

An economy to 1% of the people – In a report pre Davos, Oxfam shows that the growing inequality created a world in which 62 people had as much wealth as half of the population of the world. Oxfam will defend, in Davos, the end of tax havens, arguing that they host US$ 7.6 trillion out of the world US$ 250.1 trillion, according to Credit Suisse.

Marcos Afonso Oliveira

UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary



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