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Unemployment is more severe for people with disabilities in the pandemic

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São Paulo – Dieese’s technical note released last Wednesday (16) states that people with disabilities were hit even more severely by unemployment during the pandemic. However, the closing of posts for disabled workers began in January, before the arrival of covid-19 in Brazil.

In the period from January to August 2020, 849 thousand formal jobs were closed in the country, according to data from the General Register of Employed and Unemployed), of the Ministry of Economy. Of the total vacancies closed, 171.6 thousand (about 20%) were destined for this group of workers.

According to Dieese economist Leandro Horie, the real situation of unemployment among people with disabilities is even more serious than the data show, since the Caged figures capture only the movement of the formal labor market.

“In other words, the crisis was much more pronounced for workers with disabilities than in the formal labor market in general. Companies shut down much more than they hired. They dismissed 216,000 male and female workers with disabilities, and hired only 40,000. This difference is in people who left and did not return to the job market ”, said the economist in an interview to Current Brazil Newspaper.

Until 2018, workers with disabilities with a formal contract reached close to 500 thousand in the country. Therefore, the closing of vacancies from January to August is equivalent to more than 30% of this total.

The scenario in this segment of the labor market is even more worrying. According to Horie, the government of President Jair Bolsonaro attacks the rights of these workers, calling into question the Brazilian Law for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Law No. 13,146 / 2015). Not only the Public Power, but also part of the companies are also co-responsible for this federal government offensive.

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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.

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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.

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