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



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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Private school owners drop out of process back to school




São Paulo – Sieeesp, a union that represents private schools in the state of São Paulo, withdrew from a lawsuit filed against the capital’s city hall. In action, he asked for back to school for all stages of basic education – infant and fundamental. In a demonstration on the last day (1), the eve of the Black Consciousness holiday, Judge Renata Barros Souto Maior Baiao acknowledged the withdrawal of the process by Sieeesp. And he officiated the Public Ministry. In an order of November 12, prosecutor João Paulo Faustinoni e Silva, from the Special Education Action Group of the São Paulo Public Prosecutor’s Office, spoke out against the granting of an injunction and recommended that the process be forwarded to the City Hall.

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The private teachers ‘union (Sinpro-SP) also contested Sieeesp’s action, calling for the dismissal of school owners’ action to return to face-to-face classes. The day after the MP’s demonstration, Sieeesp decided to abandon the action.

Municipal decree 59,860, signed on October 23 by the city of São Paulo, even allowed the resumption of classroom activities in high school. But it did not include permission for activities in early childhood education (up to 5 years old) or in elementary school (6 to 14 years old). Sieeesp argued, in its action, that the decision “would not have scientific support and would violate the principle of isonomy”.

Rushed back to school

Fepesp – the state federation of teachers of private schools – even condemned the decision of Mayor Bruno Covas’ management to release back to school in high school. And also the action of Sieeesp. “We consider the return to face-to-face activities to be hasty, as it exposes teachers, employees and everyone involved in the school ecosystem to the risk of contagion due to the agglomeration caused in classrooms or on public transport”, says Fepesp, in a note.

“The risk is still present and it was for no other reason that we insisted – and won in court – on special protection not only for education professionals in groups at risk. But also to all teachers who live with elderly people, with comorbidities, who are recovering from childbirth. And, thus, included in risk groups. ”

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