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Bolsonaro proposes to suspend the occupational examination, which protects the health of workers

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São Paulo – With the dubious argument of protecting workers from agglomerations during the covid-19 pandemic, Jair Bolsonaro’s government is preparing yet another attack on labor rights: the release of companies from carrying out an occupational examination. On the 29th, the Ministry of Economy published SEI Informative Note No. 19627/2020 / ME, with a draft ordinance that also suspends clinical and complementary exams related to activities in the workplace. The monitoring of workers’ health is provided for in Regulatory Norm No. 07, which requires the elaboration and implementation, by all employers and institutions, of the Occupational Health Medical Control Program (PCMSO). The objective is to promote and preserve the health of workers through compliance with minimum parameters and general guidelines for working conditions.

According to the government’s proposal, which will be presented during the meeting of the so-called Permanent Joint Tripartite Commission (CTPP), on the 13th and 14th of this month, these examinations would be carried out within a maximum period of 180 days from the end of the current state of public calamity. The rule would apply to admission and periodic examinations and would exclude dismissals.

Facing health

CUT rejects the proposal, which it considers to be an affront to the health and safety of workers. Therefore, it will not support the ordinance draft in the tripartite commission. For the plant, the measure puts workers at risk.

“The suspension of mandatory examinations was part of Provisional Measure 927/2020, which has expired. Since the government cannot send another MP of equal content to Congress, it is now trying through the Ministry of Economy. We fought a lot against the approval of this MP and we are against this new proposal ”, said the secretary of Occupational Health of CUT Nacional, Madalena Teixeira.

The leader highlighted the importance of the occupational examination for the health and safety of workers. “If the exam is no longer done, acquired diseases (due to work conditions) can get worse. We will be alert and we will face it against this measure, which is a step backwards ”, he said. She cites, for example, categories in the chemical sector, given the daily exposure to risks of various contaminations.

The president of the Central of Workers of Brazil (CTB), Adilson Gonçalves de Araújo, reinforces that the Bolsonaro government’s proposal represents yet another attack on the rights of the population. “The exchanges will manifest themselves in a way that is contrary to this setback. In addition to vetoing compensation for health workers victimized by covid-19, now the genocide team wants to further unprotect workers. Bolsonaro is more than a genocide. It is a worker exterminator ”.

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The Instituto Trabalho Digno released a technical note in which it warns of yet another setback in the regulation of health and safety at work, “which, even if allegedly temporary, reveals the perverse nature of the process”. And he points out that article 168 of the CLT provides that “occupational medical examination will be mandatory, on behalf of the employer, under the conditions established in this article and in the supplementary instructions to be issued by the Ministry of Labor”.

The technicians of the institute remember that the medical examination is essential to assess the physical and mental conditions of the worker to perform the function for which he is being admitted. Without it, there is a risk that vulnerabilities and injuries will not be identified, which could expose not only workers in the hiring process, but all those with whom they will maintain contact during work.

In addition, depending on work conditions and organization, workers are exposed to psychosocial and ergonomic factors, as well as physical, chemical and biological agents, acting in isolation or synergistically. “A reckless bet on the health of others, reaching millions of people in face-to-face work in the pandemic and after the state of emergency is in force”, they warn.

They also point out that hundreds of physical, chemical and biological stressors remain present in the workplace even in the pandemic. By itself, the condition is already an important functional anomaly, but there is a presence of other risk factors for human illness. Thus, suspending exams during the public health emergency, plus the 180 days after the end of the exam, means keeping workers exposed. This, whether they are carriers or not, whether they are contaminated or not. Insofar as there is a suggestion of medical evaluation omission to the most diverse agents harmful to health, the proposal goes in the opposite direction of the CLT and of stony clauses of the Constitution.

Writing: Fábio M. Michel

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Union denounces the death of 20 teachers by covid-19 after back to school in SP

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São Paulo – The Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) held a demonstration today (4) denouncing the death of at least 20 teachers by covid-19 since the beginning of the return to school in the state of São Paulo Paulo. The entity also accounts for 1,861 confirmed cases of covid-19 in 850 schools. The protest took place in front of the State Department of Education of the government of João Doria (PSDB), after a motorcade through the streets of the capital of São Paulo. In addition to honoring these teachers, the act also called for an immediate suspension of classes until the new coronavirus pandemic is controlled in the state.

The demonstration began in the Masp free space, on Avenida Paulista. From there, the teachers went to the State Department of Education, at Praça da República. “It is unacceptable what the Doria government has been doing with teachers. Without closing schools, keeping thousands of teachers and staff and millions of students circulating every day, many in public transport, Doria and her Education Secretary reveal themselves as they are: enemies of life ”, said the president of Apeoesp and state deputy, Professor Bebel.

The Doria government has not released records of confirmed and suspected covid-19 cases in schools for two weeks. Much less if there was a death by covid-19 of teachers, students or other education workers. In the only balance sheet released on February 16, there were 741 confirmed cases and 1,133 suspected cases.

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Although it claims that back to school amid the covid-19 pandemic is safe, the Doria government has restricted access to the Education Information and Monitoring System for Covid-19. With that, the governor leaves the assessment of the resumption of activities without any transparency. Only one server from each school can be registered and access the system, both to notify suspected or confirmed cases of the disease at school, and to monitor the general situation of the pandemic in the public school system.

The Secretary of State for Health of São Paulo, Jean Gorinchteyn, defended, on Tuesday (2), the closure of schools across the state due to the worsening of the pandemic of covid-19. He admitted that the increase in the circulation of people promoted by the return to school has contributed to the worsening of the transmission of the new coronavirus in recent weeks, as teachers and health experts have always said it would happen. Today, São Paulo has 17,802, with 9,910 in the ward and 7,892 in the ICU, the largest number in the entire pandemic.

“If we understand that people are threatened
against the virus, against the collapse (of the health system), we have to reevaluate
situations that could be avoided. One of them is the situation of the school. THE
The problem is not the school, but the movement of people. Teachers, students, parents
who take and bring their children. Even in public transport, the exposure that the
we end up putting people. At this point, it is worth noting that this
question of not having classes, ”said Gorinchteyn, in an interview with CBN radio.

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In addition to the case records and the denunciation of the death of these teachers by covid-19, Apeoesp also highlights data from the Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual (HSPE) that shows the exhaustion of intensive care units (ICU) after returning to school. According to the internal bulletin of the HSPE, on Monday (1), the ICU occupancy for patients with covid-19 in the hospital is 95%. In wards, the occupation is 73%.

Yesterday, Doria announced that the entire state will enter the red quarantine phase for two weeks, starting on Saturday (6), due to the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in São Paulo. However, he decided to keep the schools open. “Despite the restriction measures, state schools will continue to open their doors at the worst moment of the pandemic”, criticized Bebel, who guaranteed the continuation of the teachers’ strike, which started on February 8.

Teachers killed by covid-19 in São Paulo, according to a survey by Apeoesp:

Maria Inês Silva Frozel
Eda Balle Pulpato
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Cinthia Aparecida
Rodrigo Andrade
Regina Aparecida dos Santos Tomaz
Maria Soeiro
Maria Tereza Miguel Couto
Marcelo Shiroma
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Antônio Cesar Zenetti
Adriano Moraes
Ana Clara Macedo dos Santos
Paulo Henrique Camargo
Deolinda Scotti
Amauri Nicoletti
Guilherme Augusto de Oliveira Rebello
Luciani Andrade Serrão
Eliana Ferreira Boni
Luiz Roberto Oliveira

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