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Embraer workers seek support to reverse layoffs

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São Paulo – The struggle of Embraer workers against the 2,500 layoffs announced by the company last week should grow and gain the support of public opinion. The São José dos Campos Metalworkers Union, which represents the company’s workers, hopes to reverse the layoffs by putting pressure on authorities to speak out on the matter. The union sent letters to President Jair Bolsonaro, São Paulo Governor João Doria (PSDB), and Senate Presidents Davi Alcolumbre (DEM) and the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia (DEM), asking for a meeting to be scheduled. discussion of the mass layoff carried out by the company.

Trades also include the mayor of São José dos Campos, Felicio Ramuth (PSDB), and the City Council. “Embraer is a company that, even after its privatization in 1994, continues to receive public money through financing. It recently benefited from the release of R $ 3 billion. It is not possible to admit that Embraer receives public money while carrying out mass dismissals, ”says the letter.

On June 26, Embraer signed a financing agreement with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) in the amount of US $ 300 million. Another US $ 315 million was financed by a consortium of private and public banks, including Banco do Brasil.

On Tuesday (8), the mediation hearing between Embraer and the union ended without an agreement. The company refused to comply with the union’s proposal to cancel the 2,500 layoffs. He also refused to continue negotiations so that an alternative to dismissals could be found.

The mediation of the Regional Labor Court (TRT) – 15th Region was conducted by the judiciary judge, Tereza Asta Gemignani. There was also the participation of the Labor Prosecutor Ronaldo Lira.

Salary cap

The union proposed the adoption of a salary cap at the factory equivalent to the remuneration of the ministers of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), in the amount of R $ 39,200. Today, the ceiling at Embraer is R $ 2,170,666.62 per month, paid to an advisor.

The amount to be saved with this measure would be sufficient to keep the jobs of the 2,500 Embraer workers laid off. In response, the company representative said only that these super salaries are “in line with the market”. Embraer also admitted that it had not negotiated the dismissals with the union, contrary to the guidelines of the courts.

The company claims that the layoffs of Embraer workers are due to the effects of the pandemic in the civil aviation sector. It also attacked the metalworkers’ union for fighting to defend jobs.

“Embraer has a tactic that is not new, to disqualify the union. Embraer received more than R $ 1.5 billion from public banks to make the layoffs. So, these layoffs are taking place with public money, which is absurd. And the second fact that has bothered Embraer is that we disclose the company’s payroll. But this was not kept secret from justice. We had access to this document ”, says Herbert Claros, director of the union, in a report by Dayane Ponte, for the Your Newspaper, at TVT, this Tuesday.

Agreement with Boeing

“Embraer is making little use of the issue of the deal that went wrong with Boeing, which sells the commercial sector, and more of the pandemic issue. Why is the company doing this? By blaming the pandemic, it gives the impression that the situation is out of control. It is trying to hide the issue of the unsuccessful business with Boeing in its economic performance, ” Your Newspaper the researcher at the Latin American Institute of Socioeconomic Studies (Ilaese), Gustavo Machado.

“It has a very significant cash position, with a very high net worth, especially when compared to other companies in the sector. And she would be absolutely in a position to keep the workers she is firing directly or through the Voluntary Dismissal Program ”, she says.

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Private school owners drop out of process back to school

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São Paulo – Sieeesp, a union that represents private schools in the state of São Paulo, withdrew from a lawsuit filed against the capital’s city hall. In action, he asked for back to school for all stages of basic education – infant and fundamental. In a demonstration on the last day (1), the eve of the Black Consciousness holiday, Judge Renata Barros Souto Maior Baiao acknowledged the withdrawal of the process by Sieeesp. And he officiated the Public Ministry. In an order of November 12, prosecutor João Paulo Faustinoni e Silva, from the Special Education Action Group of the São Paulo Public Prosecutor’s Office, spoke out against the granting of an injunction and recommended that the process be forwarded to the City Hall.

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The private teachers ‘union (Sinpro-SP) also contested Sieeesp’s action, calling for the dismissal of school owners’ action to return to face-to-face classes. The day after the MP’s demonstration, Sieeesp decided to abandon the action.

Municipal decree 59,860, signed on October 23 by the city of São Paulo, even allowed the resumption of classroom activities in high school. But it did not include permission for activities in early childhood education (up to 5 years old) or in elementary school (6 to 14 years old). Sieeesp argued, in its action, that the decision “would not have scientific support and would violate the principle of isonomy”.

Rushed back to school

Fepesp – the state federation of teachers of private schools – even condemned the decision of Mayor Bruno Covas’ management to release back to school in high school. And also the action of Sieeesp. “We consider the return to face-to-face activities to be hasty, as it exposes teachers, employees and everyone involved in the school ecosystem to the risk of contagion due to the agglomeration caused in classrooms or on public transport”, says Fepesp, in a note.

“The risk is still present and it was for no other reason that we insisted – and won in court – on special protection not only for education professionals in groups at risk. But also to all teachers who live with elderly people, with comorbidities, who are recovering from childbirth. And, thus, included in risk groups. ”

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