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MPT opens investigations to ascertain reasons and consequences of Ford’s departure



São Paulo – The Labor Prosecutor’s Office (MPT) opened three civil inquiries to investigate the causes and impacts of Ford’s decision to end production in Brazil. The Labor Attorney General, Alberto Balazeiro, highlighted the concern with the social reflexes and the future of workers after the closure of activities at the factories in Camaçari (BA), Taubaté (BA) and Horizonte (CE). Investigations were opened in these regions.

The matter was discussed in a virtual hearing held today (13). Secretaries Bruno Bianco Leal (Social Security and Labor) and Bruno Dalcomo (Labor), from the Ministry of Economy, also participated. For Ford, the legal director, Luís Cláudio Casanova, the Government Relations manager, Eduardo Freitas, and lawyers.

Productive chain

The Public Ministry highlighted the existence of a production chain around Ford, which will also be affected, in addition to direct jobs. The Metalworkers Union and the municipality of Camaçari, for example, speak of 12 thousand direct jobs, but including “system workers” – among the 4 thousand who work at the factory itself, and the company’s suppliers – and 50 thousand indirect.

The Taubaté unit, in the interior of São Paulo, has 830 employees and Horizonte, in the metropolitan region of Fortaleza, 470. The latter produces Jeeps of the Troller brand. According to Ford’s decision, the Camaçari and Taubaté factories close immediately and the Horizonte plant, at the end of the year.

Club closes in Bahia

“Based on the three civil inquiries initiated by the MPT, a Special Finalist Action Group (Geaf) was created that will act in a coordinated and strategic way to mitigate the impacts resulting from the closure of activities at the three Ford plants in Brazil”, says the Ministry Public.

The Camaçari union announced the closure of Metal Clube, a leisure space of the category, close to the beach, opened in 2014. According to the entity, Ford’s departure corresponds to a loss of 98% of revenue. “We are facing the most difficult moment in the lives of workers and the history of the union, since the arrival of Ford 20 years ago. The moment is dramatic. We are looking for all possible possibilities to build outlets that can ensure the rights and jobs of metallurgists ”, says the president, Júlio Bonfim.

Ford Taubaté workers approved a public hearing at the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo. The decision was taken during the assembly in front of the Chamber on Wednesday (13).

In Taubaté, employees held a meeting yesterday in front of the City Council. Next Wednesday (20), at 10 am, a public hearing will be held at the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo. “In addition, workers will not leave the company ‘s door,” said the president of the Metalworkers Union, Cláudio Batista, Claudião.

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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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