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Metallurgists charge tests for covid-19. Mercedes has 525 infected

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São Paulo – Concerned about the still high level of contagion with the coronavirus, the ABC Metalworkers Union started to demand tests in the base factories. At this time, until the next 27th, testing for covid-19 is being done at Mercedes-Benz. According to the organization, until last Friday (9) there were more than 500 confirmed cases. The number includes units in São Bernardo do Campo, Campinas (SP) and Juiz de Fora (MG), in addition to concessionaires.

“Since when the union launched the policy to charge companies to carry out the test on all workers, in May, the month in which men and women returned to work, we have guided Mercedes on the importance of the tests. Initially there were some negatives on the part of the company, but what it was unable to deny were the confirmed cases ”, says the coordinator of the Union Committee (CSE) at the assembler, Ângelo Máximo de Oliveira Pinho, Max.

According to the metallurgists, 3,355 calls have been made so far, with 2,664 covid-19 tests carried out at Mercedes. 525 cases were confirmed. There are already 483 workers healed. The agreement includes a field clinic in the factory itself.

Other measures were adopted, such as measuring fever, providing personal protective equipment (PPE), and reorganizing the restaurant space and common areas. The company also guarantees the supply of hygiene kit for cleaning work tools and computers and increasing the number of buses, in order to increase the distance between the employees transported.

Before Mercedes, the testing requested by the metallurgists was carried out at Volkswagen, in São Bernardo, in August. According to the union, at that time 570 workers had already been infected. There were 14 thousand tests at the automaker, between direct and outsourced labor.

With information from Metallurgical Tribune

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11 million Bolivians will have free vaccine against covid

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São Paulo – Former Bolivian President Evo Morales commented, this Wednesday (21st), the importance of youth in the electoral process that led Luis Arce, from the Movement to Socialism (MAS), to victory in the presidential election of October 18 . “Young people saw what it is like to live under the right and the dictatorship. And they reflected on how we were with our revolution and how we were under the coup, ”he said. Evo was overthrown by a coup in November 2019 that brought lawyer and TV presenter Jeanine Áñez to the presidency. With 90% of the official count completed. at 3:40 pm on this Wednesday (21st), Luis Arce approaches 55% of the valid votes. “What was at stake on October 18 was to go back to the past with the privatists or continue to the future with the nationalists,” said Evo Morales in an interview with Breno Altman (watch below).

Asked how the country will recover from the economic crisis aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic, he replied that it will be with the presence of the state. The Bolivian guaranteed that Bolivia will normalize relations with China, Cuba, “some European countries” and Russia. “Those who once asked for market, market, market, now say State, State State, in the face of the pandemic.”

Vaccine against covid-19

“We are going to face the pandemic. When we have the vaccine, we will distribute it to all 11 million Bolivians for free. ” According to him, tackling the pandemic and the crisis will be done through joint work between the federal government, governors and mayors.

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro not only boycotts health policies, but goes further. On Wednesday, he forbade the country to buy the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac, which would have 46 million doses through negotiations with the state of São Paulo announced the day before by the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello. “I don’t give up my authority”, justified the Brazilian’s head of state.

South America

About neighbors in South America, Evo Morales highlighted the “profound ideological and programmatic difference” between MAS and the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, from Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and the former Argentine president Mauricio Macri. But it was diplomatic. “Whether it is left or right, we must work together respecting our differences. South Americans cannot be isolated, ”he said.

Morales acknowledged that he may have been mistaken as president. “I was wrong, but I am a human being,” he said. “Now we have experience in public management, and we are going to take Bolivia forward, united, organized.” He affirmed that the new government will make “a pact of union between the parties of the right, businessmen and workers, a great national agreement, to raise the economy”, adding: “The moment is to consolidate our process of change, democracy does not end on election day ”.

Evo has been in Argentina since December 2019, where he went into exile after the coup in the country. He said that the return to his country still has no forecast. In an interview with BBC Brazil, the president-elect was not positive about the possible participation of the ex-president in the new government. “If Evo Morales wants to help us, he will be very welcome. But that does not mean that Morales will be in the government. It will be my government, ”he said.

Check out Evo Morales interview with Breno Altman

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