World UGT 194/2016

Trade Union Information Bulletin Year 9 nº 194 September 30, 2016

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UGT wants more dialogue concerning the Social Security reform – Through a meeting with Geddel Vieira Lima, Minister of the Government Secretariat, representatives of UGT made an appeal for the Presidential Palace not sending the proposed Social Security reform to the Congress before having a dialogue with trade union centers.  After the meeting, Ricardo Patah, president of UGT, said he realized that the minister is “touched” by the need for dialogue. According to him, Geddel will talk to President Michel Temer on Monday (26) regarding the subject.

Workers demand respect – The intention of passing a steamroller on labor rights was evident in the words of Rodrigo Maia, speaker of the House of Representatives, who is currently occupying the position of interim president. By not allowing Minister Ronaldo Nogueira to act when it comes to the proposal of labor reform, Rodrigo made it clear that the forces of delay do not want to allow time for the necessary dialogue with the trade union movement. Ricardo Patah – national president of UGT

Provisional measure 746 knocks down National Education Forum  – The edition of the provisional measure 746, which was published in the official gazette on September 23, came as a surprise to people, institutions and collegiate bodies by radically changing provisions of the Law 9,394, which deal with public high schools.

Strike of bank workers continues – The National Banking Commission of Negotiations rejected the new offer of the National Federation of Banks (Fenaban) of salary increase of 7% plus R$ 3,500.00 retroactive to September 1, 2016 and the transfer of inflation plus 0.5% of increase in real terms for next year (09/01/2017).

Five largest banks fire more than 13 thousand and make a profit of R$ 29,7 billion – In full economic crisis the five largest Brazilian banks (Bradesco, Itau Unibanco, Santander, Bank of Brazil and Caixa Economica Federal) summed up a net income of R$ 29,7 billion in the first half of 2016. Even with significant profits, the five banks terminated more than 13,600 jobs over the same period of 2015 and, together, closed 422 bank branches.

BRICS Trade Union Forum wants recognition – Representatives from trade union centers of the countries that are part of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) issued a joint statement on September 27 to charge the authorities to recognize the BRICS Trade Union Forum. Divided into 11 points, the plan also outlines alternatives for the recovery of jobs worldwide, as well as goals related to sustainable development.

UGT training course discusses the current moment – The challenges of the Brazilian trade union movement concerning the current political and economic crisis. This was one of the main approaches of the 4th Course on Politics and Trade Union Training promoted by UGT’s State branch of Rio de Janeiro (RJ-UGT) from September 20 to 22 in Teresopolis, mountainous region of the State.

Superior Labor Court excludes prevalence of agreement on the consolidation of labor laws – Yesterday, the en banc session of the Superior Labor Court (TST) understood that not every collective agreement should prevail over the Consolidation of Labor Laws (CLT). This decision, agreed by a majority vote, removed the clause on payment of time travel (commuting). It was the first time that the collegiate body expressed its position on such controversial issue.

4th National Plenary Session of Commerce Workers of UGT

Decent work and Youth – Transitions from school to work of young men and women in Brazil

Marcos Afonso Oliveira

UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary


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