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Latam presses for definitive reduction of wages and threatens to lay off en masse



São Paulo – The airline Latam plans to permanently reduce the salaries of its employees. In case of resistance, it is rumored that the company would summarily opt for mass layoff. The information is from the CUT-SP portal, in a report by Rafael Silva.

The staff cut can reach 2,700 workers, if they do not accept the permanent reduction in salaries. The company’s attitude differs from other national companies – Gol and Azul – that have reduced their employees’ salaries only while the covid-19 pandemic lasts.

“Airline crew members, who do not want to identify themselves so as not to suffer reprisals, said that the company even spoke of 2,700 layoffs if the proposal is not accepted immediately,” says the report. The workers complain about the way they are being treated, since, at the beginning of the pandemic, they accepted the unpaid leave requested by the company, on account of balance of accounts.

New deal

The category, represented by the National Union of Aeronauts (SNA), provides for the assembly on Friday (31). Workers must decide whether to negotiate definitive changes in wages in the new collective agreement, which will be built through mediation by the Superior Labor Court (TST).

The company intends to impose the cut of wages and benefits until 2021, as done by other companies in the sector. However, in addition, Latam is pushing for a new agreement, starting in 2022, with a definitive cut of up to 60% in salaries and benefits. The company claims that its operations are more international than its competitors, which would change the terms of negotiations with employees.

“The company wants at all costs to suppress benefits and permanently reduce our salary to solve a problem (coronavirus) that is temporary (…) If we accept the company’s opportunistic and outrageous proposal, we keep our jobs, but we degrade the category forever. If we continue to deny any permanent changes, we run the risk of being fired. It is a difficult choice to make, ”said a commissioner for CUT-SP.

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Festival brings together films, music and debate to debate human rights




São Paulo – The Human Rights Culture Festival, DH Fest, will bring together films, debates and musical performances, starting this Sunday (7), for free and virtually. The program, which runs until the 14th, aims to expand the cultural look at themes related to human rights. And it also sounds like a manifestation of the union of society to face the attack on rights, constantly promoted by the Bolsonaro government.

In the musical area, among the confirmed are the singer Chico César and the rapper Tássia Reis. In the debate cycle, Minas Gerais writer Conceição Evaristo, filmmaker Tata Amaral, activist Ailton Krenak and photographer Sebastião Salgado will also be present.

Festival organizers say that the proposal came about when the presence of guidelines related to human rights was noticed in national films awarded in 2020. “The films that had the most visibility, media force, repercussions had themes related to human rights. Then we will put these films together and create the festival of festivals ”, explained Francisco Cesar Filho, curator of the event, to the journalist Marilu Cabañas, from Current Brazil Radio.

The journalist and writer Bianca Santana, who is also present in the event’s grid, says that the covid-19 pandemic made the theme even more necessary. “It is a beautiful program. People are all connected looking for joint actions. Without new alliances, we will not be able to get out of this hole. This partnership between the Vladimir Herzog Institute and Sesc is important for conducting conversations that are inspiring ”, he said.

Festival schedule

The opening of the Festival of Culture in Human Rights, on Sunday, will be with a show by Chico César, at 19h. On Monday (8), the International Women’s Day, there will be a special agenda focused on the theme, with the screening of the film Kunhangue Arandu – The Wisdom of Women“.

On the same day, the debate “Women and resistance: narratives to break silences” will also take place, at 5 pm, with Conceição Evaristo and pedagogue Maria Clara Araújo, and mediation by journalist Semayat Oliveira. The day will end with the singer Tássia Reis.

During the week, the festival will also show 11 feature films, including the winner of the Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, The Mountain Range of Dreams, by Patrício Guzmán. The Chilean filmmaker will also participate in the debate “My north is the south: Latin American portraits in cinema”, on Thursday (11), at 5 pm.

The program also features 26 short films and, in music, the repertoire will also include the collective Baile em Chernobyl, formed by artists who use funk to empower peripheral youth. Indian rapper Kunumi MC closes the event on the 14th.

On the 13th, at 5 pm, the debate “We are the land: the rights of nature and the future of humanity” will be held, which will receive the activist and writer Ailton Krenak and the award-winning photographer Sebastião Salgado, who will reflect on the challenges and the urgency to think of the rights of nature as human rights.

The event is held in partnership with Sesc, the Ação de Rua project – SP, the Ethos Institute and the Vladimir Herzog Institute, together with the Free Journalists, Mundo Pensante and Projetemos. The complete program can be seen on the official website of the event.

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