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Ford worker from Taubaté approves return to service – RBA



São Paulo – Workers at Ford de Taubaté, in the interior of São Paulo, approved the return to the factory this Wednesday afternoon (17th), to be available for the service. The decision was taken at the assembly in the morning. Activities had been interrupted since January 11, when the company announced the end of operations in Brazil. This includes, in addition to Taubaté, the Camaçari (BA) and Horizonte (CE) units.

“Ford has been trying to harm workers, as it claims that the employees are on strike,” says the Metalworkers Union of Taubaté and region. “The maneuver is not in line with reality, since the stoppage of activities at the Taubaté plant was an action of the automaker itself”, adds the entity.

Coercion and constraint

“Ford plays dirty by blaming workers for stopping production and then coercing and embarrassing”, criticizes Ford union coordinator at Sinvaldo Cruz, because, according to him, there is no strike. “Everyone wants to work. Our commitment is to generate jobs and income. ” Union president Cláudio Batista, Claudião, recalls that Ford kept workers on paid leave and did not want them to enter the factory.

A new conciliation hearing is scheduled for this afternoon between representatives of Ford employees in Taubaté and the company’s management, at the Regional Labor Court of the 15th Region (TRT-15), in Campinas. Tomorrow, at 6:30 am, the metallurgists will meet again in assembly. Also this Thursday, in the morning, there will be an audience at the Bahia TRT.

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil




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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