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Bolsonaro’s act against the chemical industry can cause 80,000 layoffs

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São Paulo – The Bolsonaro government revoked the Special Regime for the Chemical Industry (REIQ), which relieves taxation on the petrochemical sector. The measure, released on Monday (1st), comes into force in July this year and may result in the dismissal of up to 80 thousand workers, as shown by reporter Daiane Ponte in this Thursday’s edition (4), in the Your Newspaper, at TVT.

The special regime zeroed the PIS and Cofins rates for the import of raw materials for the production of the petrochemical industry. With its revocation in July, the sector may lose more than R $ 11 billion in annual revenue, in addition to jobs.

“REIQ was created in 2013, within the context of industry incentives on the Plan Brasil Maior, by the government of Dilma Rousseff. When the Bolsonaro government chooses to end these tax incentives in a sector so important that the chemical industry there is an estimate by the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (Abquim) from a loss of 60 to 80 thousand workers. This has a serious impact on the entire production chain in the midst of an economic crisis, it does not make sense ”, says Douglas Meira Ferreira, Dieese technician in the subsection of CNQ / Fetquim, the Federation of Workers of the Chemical Branch of CUT in the State of São Paulo.

Fuel

The government
Bolsonaro extinguished the regime to compensate for fuel exemptions. But
without an incentive, Plastic-based products, such as bottles and even inputs
fundamental factors in the fight against Covid-19, such as masks and syringes, may suffer
readjustments.

“At
industries end up not investing in their technologies, and the wave of debate today is
Industry 4.0 and Innovation. You end up having no investment in the industry and
you also have an impact of importing. When you import, you stop
produce and then has this negative impact, which are jobs ”, states the
Fetquim coordinator, Airton Cano.

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation

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São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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