World UGT 189/2016

Trade Union Information Bulletin     Year  9    nº 189     July 31, 2016

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UGT refutes 80-hour workweek – The president of UGT refutes proposal of CNI leader to increase the workweek from the current 44-hour to 80 hour. “Simply mentioning such a barbarian act of this kind, even denied by CNI, troubles the environment and shows how much the mind of the patronage is still behind”, unionist Ricardo Patah said.  Workers are outraged by the position of the CNI (National Confederation of Industry) on the increase of 44-hour workweek to 80 hours per week. We do not accept it! A barbarity of this type hurts our honor, it is a huge setback. It irritates and demeans us deeply.

2nd National Juridical Seminar – More than 400 trade union officers and employment lawyers from all over Brazil attended UGT’s 2nd National Juridical Seminar, held in Curitiba, Paraná, on July 7. Well known figures of the juridical and political context, at a State and national level, attended the opening of the seminar. Ives Gandra Martins Filho, president of the Superior Labor Court, Beto Richa (PSDB party), governor of Paraná, Ricardo Patah, UGT’s national president, Paulo Rossi, president of UGT’s State branch of Paraná and members of several national department of UGT, among others, were there.

Minister wants changes in labor legislation – At the opening of the 2nd National Juridical Seminar, Ronaldo Nogueira, Minister of Labour, said that the government will present a reform project in labor legislation by the end of the year. According to him, once the analysis is presented, the ministry will call trade union centers and business entities to talk and define the changes.

Celebrating CCSCS 30-year anniversary – On Friday, July 8, the Coordinator of the Southern Cone Trade Unions, CCSCS, held a commemorative event of its 30 years of struggle and paid a tribute to Valdir Vicente de Barros, UGT’s director and former secretary general of CCSCS

End of renovation work for the Olympic Games unemploys 30 thousand people – Wednesday morning. Early June. Dowtown Rio de Janeiro. The lobby of the Union of Workers in the Heavy Construction Industries begins to be filled with people. It will be this way all day long, during which nearly 100 workers recently fired will sign the termination of their contracts. With different ages and backgrounds, all these people have one thing in common: they are being fired from projects directly or indirectly connected to the organization of the Olympics.

Outsourced workers from Paraná manage to achieve the highest adjustment of Brazil – Outsourced workers represented by Sineepres – Trade Union of Employees in Service Provision Companies to Third Parties of Placement and Labor Management, Temporary Work, Reading Meters and Notice Delivery of Paraná (an institution affiliated with UGT), achieved a feat in midst of an economic crisis: the highest salary adjustment index in Brazil.

Commerce workers newsletter highlights defense of Social Security  – In its July issue, the Newsletter of the Commerce Workers Union of Belo Horizonte, an institution affiliated with UGT, highlights the struggle in defense of Social Security.

SPMI at the VII World Social Forum on Migrations – UGT’s Department of Advertising and Institutional Marketing (SPMI), in a combined action with UGT’s Department of Public Policies, actively participated in the organization of the World Social Forum on Migrations. This event was held from July 7 to 10, in Sao Paulo, and it was up to SPMI to create several pieces that were used throughout the event, such as banners, tags, bags, T-shirts, among others.

ILO in Brazil – The publication “ILO in Brazil”describes the main achievements of ILO and details the current activities of ILO to promote decent work in this country. It offers a brief history of the relationship between ILO and Brazil, a general view of the current situation of our country and the main remaining challenges in issues related to the labor world.

Marcos Afonso Oliveira

UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary


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