World UGT 204/2017

Trade Union Information Bulletin Year 9 nº 204 March 05, 2017

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No right shall be removed – Trade union centers are united in the struggle to defend the rights of the working class and consider it inadmissible that the government, through proposals entitled “Reform”, seeks to benefit groups of investors, banking institutions and businessmen, even if they harm the working class and society. Ricardo Patah, president of UGT

UGT holds its 25th meeting of the national board of executives – The 25th Meeting of the National Board of Executives of UGT took place on February 20 and 21, in Brasília (DF), bringing together representatives from all the states of the federation. Its main objective is to broaden the debates on the social security and labor reforms, as well as to outline fight strategies of the trade union center to 2017.

UGT discusses Social Security Reform – On February 21, Roberto Santigo, UGT’s vice-president, was in Brasilia in a meeting with Rodrigo Maia, president of the House of Representatives, and representatives of trade union centers to discuss issues related to the social security and labor reforms. The subject was also discussed this morning (22), during the inauguration ceremony of the Femaco board of directors (photo), elected for the 2017-2021 period in São Paulo.

March 08> Defending Brazilian women – One of the most compelling reasons for UGT to oppose the intended Social Security Reform is because this proposal does not recognize the inequality of the labor market between men and women.

No rolling back on women’s rights! –  End violence against women, invest in the care economy, close the pay gap!  On International Women’s Day the ITUC and its affiliates join human rights defenders, women’s and feminist organisations in calling for the guarantee and respect of women’s rights at work, in the home and in our communities.

Carnival of protests against high interest rates – On February 21, UGT and other trade union centers promoted a carnival of protests against high interest rates.

Survey on violence against trade unions – UGT’s Department of International Relations requests the help of affiliated trade unions by filling the survey of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) on violations of the rights to Freedom of association, to Collective Bargaining and to strike.

Opportunities and Challenges of Telework – New ILO-Eurofound report shows that the use of modern communication technologies facilitates a better overall work-life balance but, at the same time, also blurs the boundaries between work and personal life.

Marcos Afonso Oliveira

UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary


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