World UGT 198/2016

Trade Union Information Bulletin – Year 9 nº 198 – November 30, 2016

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Workers in the fight – Workers show they are united in an act in defense of rights and against reforms. On the national day of paralysis, convened in a unitary way by the trade union centers, workers showed that they are united in the defense of the rights and in the fight against the reforms that jeopardize social achievements.

SIEMACO São Paulo is also active – The Union of Employees in Companies Serving Services of Care and Maintenance, Urban Cleaning and Maintenance of Green Areas of São Paulo (Siemaco), a union affiliated with UGT, was also active at the protests and took to the streets to protest against labor rights. In the garages, urban cleaning teams erected banners “in defense of jobs and of the reduction of working shifts without salary reduction”, “in defense of retirement and against pension reform”, among others.

Workers say no to removal of rights: In the State of Minas Gerais, trade union centers take it to the streets of Belo Horizonte – Sete de Setembro Square, in the heart of Belo Horizonte, was taken by flags of every color on November 25. Trade union centers from Minas Gerais attended the national call and united they occupied the streets of the State capital.

UGT’s State branch of Pernambuco is against PEC 55 and reforms of the government – On November 25, national strikes brought together thousands of workers throughout Brazil showing their strength against the PEC 55, currently following legal channels at the Senate. If approved, the government will limit public spending for 20 years, disregarding other factors such as an increase in population and in demand, the need to increase GDP, among others. Also, the social security and labor reforms are object of protest by trade union centers.

UGT’s State branch of Rio Grande do Sul take it to the streets to protest against PEC – On Novemerb 25, UGT’s state branch of Rio Grande do Sul, led by its President Paulo Barck, actively participated in the activities of the National Day of Struggle and Paralysis, Against the Tax Adjustment (PEC/55) proposed by the Federal Government that, in general, will bring a series of losses to workers.

Judicial Power Trade Union against PEC 55/2016 – “The servants of the Judiciary Power of the State of São Paulo are not to blame for the crisis in the country,” says Wagner Souza, President of Judicial Power Trade Union.

Letter of Florianópolis is approved by UGT’s 4th National Plenary Session of Commerce Workers – After three days of intense debates, trade union leaders who attended the 4th National Plenary Session, presented a letter. The event was held from November 23 to 25, in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina. This letter expressed the whole process of discussion around the problems pointed out during the lectures and presentations that were given.

Trade union centers demand achievement of US goals – On November 18, the penultimate day of the COP22 Climate Conference, the main concern was about the threat of Donald Trump, the elected president of the United States, in making it harder to achieve the defined carbon reduction goals internally.

Trade union centers advocate leniency against unemployment – Trade union centers issued a joint statement in which they defend the regulation of leniency agreements so that the companies involved in Operation Car Wash can maintain their operations and stop the process of extinguishing job positions. In the text, these institutions analyze the impact of research in the labor market and show that, since the operation started, in early 2014, 87 thousand jobs were deactivated in 29 companies in the infrastructure sector.

Protest demands punishment of those who ordered slaugther in Unaí – On November 21, the Trade Union Station of the National Union of Labor Tax Auditors in Minas Gerais, with the support of the trade union centers, among which UGT’s State branch of Minas Gerais, held a public act in the square of the Legislative Assembly Of Minas Gerais (ALMG), followed by a walk to the Federal Justice building, both in the Santo Agostinho neighborhood, in the Center-South region of the Belo Horizonte.

UGT’s State branch of Rio de Janeiro in the celebratrion of the Black Awareness Day – On November 20, UGT’s State branch of Rio de Janeiro (UGT-RJ), through its Department of Human Diversity, participated in the celebration of the Black Awareness Day. Traditionally performed with the washing of the bust of Zumbi dos Palmares, the manifestation recalled the 30 years of construction of the monument, in Square XI.

Active policies of the labor market in Latin America – Executive summary that presents the first systematic analysis of successful experiences in active labor market policies in Latin America and the Caribbean is published. It also evaluates their effectiveness in relation to improving social conditions and the labor market.

Marcos Afonso Oliveira

UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary


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