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Volks wants to make more flexible and cut more than 5,000 workers



São Paulo – The ABC Metalworkers Union reported on Wednesday (19) that it “has started a process of negotiations with Volkswagen” on an agenda with several flexibility measures. One of the main ones, according to the entity, is the reduction of 35%, on average, of the workforce in the four plants of the automaker in Brazil. That would mean around 5,200 workers. Volks confirms the negotiation with the union members, but does not speak in numbers.

The agenda was presented yesterday, after a meeting with the union representatives at the factories in São Bernardo do Campo, in ABC, São Carlos and Taubaté, in the interior of São Paulo, and São José dos Pinhais, in Paraná. Together, they total 15 thousand employees. The objective would be to adapt the automaker to the effects of the pandemic, projecting a slow recovery in the market.

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According to the ABC union, Volks’ proposals also include flexible working hours, cut in salary adjustments, reduction in the value of participation in profits or results (PLR) “and changes in benefits such as transportation, food and medical plan”. In a note, the entity states that “it will discuss the agenda with the automaker, together with union leaders from the other three unions involved in the negotiation, and will inform workers of the progress of the conversations throughout the process”.

Review of agreements

The largest factory is in São Bernardo, with 8,600 employees. It is also the oldest, opened in 1959. Then there are those from Taubaté (1976), São Carlos (1996) and São José dos Pinhais (1999).

According to Volkswagen, the joint negotiation on “flexibilization and revision” of collective agreements focuses on “the sustainability of its operations in the current economic scenario, which is greatly impacted by the new coronavirus pandemic”. The company cites projection by Anfavea, the national association of the sector, according to which vehicle production is expected to fall 45% this year and the recovery is expected only in 2025.

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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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