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Metalworkers say layoffs at Renault hurt state law



São Paulo – The Metalworkers Union of Greater Curitiba wants the state government to negotiate with Renault an alternative to the 747 layoffs announced by the company. The union stressed that the cuts violate state legislation that guarantees tax incentives for the São José dos Pinhais plant. This Wednesday (29), the strike of the automaker’s workers enters the ninth day, still without a definition.

According to the union’s calculation, R $ 12 billion is granted to Renault and other companies in the state. One of the counterparts, provided for in the legislation, for the exemption from state taxes is the maintenance of the level of employment.

In addition to state exemptions, Renault also joined the Federal Government’s Emergency Employment and Income Maintenance Program – created by the Provisional Measure (MP) 936 which later became law (14,020). Through this device, the company had part of its payroll funded by public resources, as a way to mitigate the economic impacts of the pandemic.

For the union’s secretary general, Jamil Dávila, dismissing hundreds of workers in this current context of health crisis “is very insensitive”. In an interview with Glauco Faria, Current Brazil Newspaper, he says that the company had already announced its intention to do a “restructuring” at the Paraná plant. But, with the pandemic, this process should have been “suspended”, at least.

The union and the automaker had been negotiating a package that included a voluntary layoff program, but were unable to complete the deal. The automaker then decided to close the third production shift, claiming that it had previously adopted flexibility measures. The factory has approximately 7,300 employees.

Social responsability

Metallurgists also say the mass cuts go against an international agreement signed by Renault with the global union IndustriALL. Through this device, the automaker is committed to following social responsibility parameters.

In addition to damaging jobs in a scenario of economic crisis, the layoffs at this time leave workers without medical assistance. Many of them are even being treated after being contaminated with covid-19.

“We proposed to the Public Ministry of Labor (MPT-PR) that the company cancel the layoffs, and the workers would suspend the strike and return to work. There, at MPT, the company did not agree. Now, with the intermediation of the state government, we hope that the company will rethink and accept seeking a negotiated path, with less wear and tear for everyone, ”said Dávila.

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Union denounces the death of 20 teachers by covid-19 after back to school in SP




São Paulo – The Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) held a demonstration today (4) denouncing the death of at least 20 teachers by covid-19 since the beginning of the return to school in the state of São Paulo Paulo. The entity also accounts for 1,861 confirmed cases of covid-19 in 850 schools. The protest took place in front of the State Department of Education of the government of João Doria (PSDB), after a motorcade through the streets of the capital of São Paulo. In addition to honoring these teachers, the act also called for an immediate suspension of classes until the new coronavirus pandemic is controlled in the state.

The demonstration began in the Masp free space, on Avenida Paulista. From there, the teachers went to the State Department of Education, at Praça da República. “It is unacceptable what the Doria government has been doing with teachers. Without closing schools, keeping thousands of teachers and staff and millions of students circulating every day, many in public transport, Doria and her Education Secretary reveal themselves as they are: enemies of life ”, said the president of Apeoesp and state deputy, Professor Bebel.

The Doria government has not released records of confirmed and suspected covid-19 cases in schools for two weeks. Much less if there was a death by covid-19 of teachers, students or other education workers. In the only balance sheet released on February 16, there were 741 confirmed cases and 1,133 suspected cases.


Although it claims that back to school amid the covid-19 pandemic is safe, the Doria government has restricted access to the Education Information and Monitoring System for Covid-19. With that, the governor leaves the assessment of the resumption of activities without any transparency. Only one server from each school can be registered and access the system, both to notify suspected or confirmed cases of the disease at school, and to monitor the general situation of the pandemic in the public school system.

The Secretary of State for Health of São Paulo, Jean Gorinchteyn, defended, on Tuesday (2), the closure of schools across the state due to the worsening of the pandemic of covid-19. He admitted that the increase in the circulation of people promoted by the return to school has contributed to the worsening of the transmission of the new coronavirus in recent weeks, as teachers and health experts have always said it would happen. Today, São Paulo has 17,802, with 9,910 in the ward and 7,892 in the ICU, the largest number in the entire pandemic.

“If we understand that people are threatened
against the virus, against the collapse (of the health system), we have to reevaluate
situations that could be avoided. One of them is the situation of the school. THE
The problem is not the school, but the movement of people. Teachers, students, parents
who take and bring their children. Even in public transport, the exposure that the
we end up putting people. At this point, it is worth noting that this
question of not having classes, ”said Gorinchteyn, in an interview with CBN radio.


In addition to the case records and the denunciation of the death of these teachers by covid-19, Apeoesp also highlights data from the Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual (HSPE) that shows the exhaustion of intensive care units (ICU) after returning to school. According to the internal bulletin of the HSPE, on Monday (1), the ICU occupancy for patients with covid-19 in the hospital is 95%. In wards, the occupation is 73%.

Yesterday, Doria announced that the entire state will enter the red quarantine phase for two weeks, starting on Saturday (6), due to the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in São Paulo. However, he decided to keep the schools open. “Despite the restriction measures, state schools will continue to open their doors at the worst moment of the pandemic”, criticized Bebel, who guaranteed the continuation of the teachers’ strike, which started on February 8.

Teachers killed by covid-19 in São Paulo, according to a survey by Apeoesp:

Maria Inês Silva Frozel
Eda Balle Pulpato
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Cinthia Aparecida
Rodrigo Andrade
Regina Aparecida dos Santos Tomaz
Maria Soeiro
Maria Tereza Miguel Couto
Marcelo Shiroma
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Antônio Cesar Zenetti
Adriano Moraes
Ana Clara Macedo dos Santos
Paulo Henrique Camargo
Deolinda Scotti
Amauri Nicoletti
Guilherme Augusto de Oliveira Rebello
Luciani Andrade Serrão
Eliana Ferreira Boni
Luiz Roberto Oliveira

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