World UGT 199/2016

Trade Union Information Bulletin, Year 9 nº 199, December 20, 2016

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UGT at the Congress Against Social Security Reform – On December 8, representatives from trade union centers had a meeting at the head office of Dieese (Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socio-economic Studies), in downtown São Paulo, to discuss the proposal of a social security reform (Constitutional Amendment Project PEC 287/16) sent by the Government to the National Congress last Monday.

Minimum age and time of contribution – The constitutional amendment project establishes the minimum age of 65 for men and women to retire and a 25-year minimum time of contribution. However, in order to obtain the benefit in full, the worker will have to contribute for 49 years.
Finance Minister goes to UGT to explain reforms – On December 06, UGT received the visit of Henrique Meirelles, Finance Minister, and Marcelo Caetano, Secretary of Social Security of the Ministry of Finance, in its head office in São Paulo. They were there to give the lecture: “Situation of Public Accounts to resume growth with income distribution and social justice”.

UGT at the UNI-Americas Conference: President of UGT attends 4th Conference – During the participation of the president of UGT and of the Commerce Workers Union of São Paulo, Ricardo Patah, at the 4th UNI-Americas Conference in Medellín, Colombia, on Friday, December 9, there were talks on the need for change and the importance of UNI and young people for this constant transition.

Moacyr Pereira represents UGT – Moacyr Pereira, president of SIEMACO-SP (Union of Employees in Companies Serving Services of Care and Maintenance, Urban Cleaning and Maintenance of Green Areas of São Paulo) and Secretary of Finance of UGT, showed his concern about environmental causes at the 4th Conference of the UNI-Americas, in Medellín, Colombia.

Limit to interest rate of credit cards – On November 29, the Senate Economic Affairs Committee approved a bill that stipulates a limit for credit card interest in Brazil. The ceiling would be double the rate of the Interbank Deposit Certificate (CDI), that is, approximately 28%, since, currently, the CDI is around 14% per year.

In defense of local content – Institutions that represent industry sectors and companies from seven states began a campaign to defend local content in Brazil’s industrial policy today, December 8. Representatives of the industrial federations of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina had a meeting at the head office of the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Firjan).

Caravans against the social security reform – Civilian police officers, delegates, clerks, experts and prison agents, among other categories that make up the public security system in the state, attended the call of their class entities – many of them affiliated to UGT’s State branch of Minas Gerais – and participated in a demonstration in the courtyard of the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais (ALMG) in the afternoon of December 07.

Marcos Afonso Oliveira
UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary


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