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Entities charge measures to support street vendors in the pandemic



São Paulo – Workers and street workers are in the portion of the population that was most affected by the economic crisis aggravated by the covid-19 pandemic. In addition to low income, with fewer people walking on the streets during the most restrictive phases of social isolation measures, thousands of these informal workers have ceased to exercise their activities.

Vaccination is progressing slowly in the country and, with the emergency assistance that will return with less than half the value of R $ 600, street vendors find themselves in the impasse between risking work, which could be contaminated by covid-19, or go through severe needs.

Tereza Neves is a street vendor in the region of Avenida Paulista, in the city of São Paulo. She is 70 years old and comments that she has not stopped working because she needs to pay her house bills.

“You only have two options, or you die from the coronavirus or from starvation. If you don’t work, you will go hungry. I am not selling anything as before. Even today I have been here since 11 am and I haven’t sold a penny. But I stay here until 8 pm trying. Today I didn’t sell anything, but there are days when I sell R $ 20, R $ 40. The maximum I was able to sell was R $ 60, I have to collect to pay for my electricity, my bills, ”he said.

Manifesto calls for measures

According to Tereza, if it were not for the donations she has been receiving, her situation would have been much worse. “I counted on the solidarity of many people, who helped me with rice, beans, oil. I didn’t get hungry enough. What I didn’t have was a mixture, sometimes in the morning I didn’t have bread or milk, but I was hungry, thank God, ”he describes.

To prevent street vendors from continuing in this situation of vulnerability, 11 entities came together and published a manifest asking for measures by the City Hall and the State Government of São Paulo to guarantee the sustenance of these families during the pandemic.

Representative of the National Union of Workers and Street Vendors of Brazil (Unicab-SP), Valdina Silva explains that asking for guarantee of rights for these workers does not mean that they are against restrictive measures, but against the vulnerability in which street vendors meet. “They are vulnerable workers. They have no way of using resources other than work, ”he explains.

Traveling is a worker

Also a member of the São Paulo Street Vendors Forum, another entity that signs the manifesto, Valdina comments that the next steps to guarantee basic rights to street vendors and street vendors is to set up a public hearing with the councilors Juliana Cardoso and Eduardo Suplicy (PT) to collect the fees. measures and establish a dialogue with the public authorities. In parallel, they work to collect as many signatures.

“We are asking all members to sign this manifesto and to be aware that the street worker is as much a worker as the one who has a formal contract,” says the representative from Unicab and the Forum of Street Vendors.

In the city of São Paulo alone, according to the IBGE, in 2018, there were 103 thousand workers on public roads, of which 81 thousand were street vendors. The organizations that represent these workers estimate that this number has increased with the economic crisis, which has pushed millions of Brazilians into unemployment.

Among the entities that sign the manifesto are the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST), the Popular Movements Center (CMP) and the Gaspar Garcia Human Rights Center

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




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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