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For metallurgist, Ford ‘was disloyal to workers’. And other companies can leave

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São Paulo – During a virtual act promoted by São Paulo state deputies, this Wednesday (20), the president of the Taubaté Metalworkers Union, Cláudio Batista, Claudião, stated that Ford “was disloyal, disrespectful and lying to workers” . He was referring to the announcement, without any negotiation, of closing the company’s activities in Brazil. This includes factories, in addition to the interior of São Paulo, Camaçari (BA) and Horizonte (CE).

“It is a catastrophe, especially at the moment we live in,” said Claudião, criticizing the government and the lack of specific policies for the sector. “This question comes in the wake of what happened at Mercedes. It closed because it no longer needs to have national content to produce in Brazil. For him, it is time to react “for a nation project”.

State intervention

“We are becoming a country of services, but services are linked to industry,” said the leader, also criticizing the state government. According to him, Governor João Doria (PSDB) did not want to receive them and a representative of the São Paulo Executive said that the objective is to discuss relocation and requalification. “We don’t need to requalify, we need the job, we need State intervention.”

Exactly an action by the Brazilian State can further affect the sector and cause more companies to leave, as warned Dieese’s technical director, Fausto Augusto Júnior. He considered the free trade agreement with Mexico the “center of discussion”, as it provides for tariff exemption and abolishes quotas, in addition to gradually reducing a local content clause. Thus, Mexico will become Asia’s “vehicle gateway”, for example, without any type of nationalization.

“Disassembly”

Brazil, in turn, would move from a producer country to a consumer, in what the Dieese director calls the sector’s “dismantling” process. According to him, automakers of Japanese and French origin are already discussing the matter. “Perhaps there will be only a part of the Germans and the Japanese. The other companies tend to leave. ”

In the specific case of Ford, Fausto estimated that the loss of jobs could reach 120 thousand to 200 thousand, considering the economic chain. A little higher than the estimate made a few days ago by Dieese.

State deputy Professor Bebel (PT) reinforced. According to her, it is not an issue that concerns only Ford or Banco do Brasil, or public servants. “It is the problem of a model of government. Instead of going on the path of industrialization, we are going on the agrarian path. ”

Deputies, union members and technicians discussed the situation of Ford and the Brazilian industry and economy

For the president of the ABC Metalworkers Union (Smabc), Wagner Santana, Wagnão, the Ford case “has to be seen as an opportunity for us to reinstate the debate about deindustrialization”. He noted that the country showed a reaction in the past decade, reaching 8.3 million manufacturing workers (in 2013), compared to 5.4 million in the 1990s. But in 2020 that number dropped to 7.2 million. The industry now represents 11% of GDP, its lowest historical level.

“There is still a lot of space for industrial production, the production of goods,” said Wagnão. “We have no industrial or sectoral policies. We need policies that unfortunately Brazil has failed to implement. ” He cited the Inovar Auto program, which established local production to be able to import. “This ended up bringing 80% of the car brands to Brazil. it is the result of a policy that protects national production. ”

Protests at dealerships

The president of Força Sindical, Miguel Torres, recalled that at the time of Ford’s closure in the neighborhood of Ipiranga, in São Paulo, in the late 1990s, the issue of fiscal “war” was already being discussed. Cities and regions are subject to policies that benefit companies, often without a counterpart.

He prescribes that the Ford episode could encourage other companies to try to obtain benefits and consequent reduction of rights. “This will certainly trigger other measures against workers. Miguel also recalled that tomorrow (21) acts of protest will be held at Ford dealerships.

Looking interested

Also on this Thursday, at 6 am, the metallurgists from Camaçari hold an assembly in front of the factory. The union will evaluate the results of this week’s meetings in Brasília, at the embassies of South Korea, India and Japan, with the presence of the governor of Bahia, Rui Costa. “The meetings were very important for us to attract people interested in setting up and investing in Camaçari, recovering the thousands of jobs left by the Ford complex. We have structure and workers with all the experience and knowledge of the automotive industry ”, said the entity’s president, Júlio Bonfim.

Today’s solemn act was devised by state deputies Teonílio Barba and Emídio de Souza, both from the PT. Leader of the bench, Barba was an employee of Ford of São Bernardo for 25 years. The factory closed in 2019. Also participated, among others, the federal deputy Vicente Paulo da Silva, Vicentinho, former president of CUT, who announced a hearing in the Chamber next Tuesday (26).

Exploration and submission

Judge Jorge Luiz Souto Maior, president of the American Association of Jurists and professor, said that Ford followed an exploratory model, with repeated acceptance by the traditional media. With tax benefits, reduced social rights and submission, which according to him reproduces “a colonialist logic” and prevents an effective nation project.

Souto Maior cited a series of legal labor easing measures since the 1990s. Like others, he fears that the Ford case will become a paradigm in this regard. “Other initiatives will come and can even be used as an excuse or opportunistic methods of trying to justify further reductions in rights, definitely leading us to economic and political chaos,” he said.

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil

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Opera Mundi – Argentina decided on Sunday (28) to extend the deadline for closing air and land borders with Brazil until March 12, extending the previous decree that determined that they should reopen as of this Monday (1st) ).

Argentine health authorities considered it necessary to maintain the blockade at the borders and a 50% reduction in flights between the two countries.

The country is also closed to foreigners from other neighboring countries and the United Kingdom. Only Argentineans or residents can enter.

According to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, the measure is taken “in a preventive manner until knowledge about the new Brazilian variant of the virus deepens”.

Brazil has been experiencing the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. The moving average of deaths in the last seven days broke a new record and reached 1,180. With 50,840 new diagnoses registered in one day, the number of cases in the country is already over 10.5 million.

Vaccination in Argentina

While seeing its neighbor in the worst scenario of the pandemic, Argentina is advancing in vaccination against covid-19. There are already more than 903 thousand doses applied.

This week, the Argentine laboratory Richmond announced a partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing the Sputnik V vaccine nationwide.

On the night of last Friday (26), Argentina received 96 thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine against covid-19. According to the Minister of Health, these doses have already started to be distributed on Saturday.

* With Sputnik

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